The 27th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will take place across South Carolina on May 11. This food drive is the largest one-day food drive in the country. A kick-off ceremony took place this morning at the Lowcountry Food Bank to bring awareness to the upcoming food drive. Representatives from Food Lion, the Lowcountry Food Bank and the National Association of Letter carriers were in attendance.
On Saturday, May 11, more than 100 Lowcountry Food Bank staff and volunteers will be on hand at each local post office throughout the Charleston area to meet all 427 local letter carriers who will bring in food throughout the day from their daily routes collected from household mailboxes.
Volunteers will be at post offices across the area to offload and sort food donations from the Charleston tri-county area. The Lowcountry Food Bank anticipates this year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive will collect more than 115,000 pounds of food that will be distributed back into the community for those who are food insecure.
In 2018, Stamp Out Hunger collected 115,756 pounds of food for the tri-county area, which created 96,465 meals for food insecure children, seniors, and families. As the corporate sponsor for the food drive, Food Lion has provided a donation of 26,000 meals and donation bags for postal carriers to distribute to household mailboxes in the days before the event. The bags filled with food donations will then be collected on May 11 by the National Association of Letter Carriers and delivered to the Lowcountry Food Bank to be sorted and distributed back to our community.
“We’re so proud to partner with organizations like the Lowcountry Food Bank and the National Letter Carriers Association, who are working to end hunger in the communities we serve through Stamp Out Hunger,” said Billy Harcum, Charleston Director of Operations for Food Lion. “We hope our customers and the community will join us in supporting Stamp Out Hunger, which will bring much needed food to those who need it here in the Charleston area.”
“Stamp Out Hunger comes at a critical time for us,” said Pat Walker, President and CEO of the Lowcountry Food Bank. “The need for food assistance increases as we approach a time of year when food donations are low, and children who rely on free or reduced price school meals do not have access to them during the summer,” she said. “Gas and utility costs rise this time of year and vulnerable members of our community feel the financial strain of feeding their families.”
If a household does not receive a bag in their mailbox, they can leave shelf-stable food at their door and their letter carrier will pick it up. If your home has a community mailbox bank, donations may be left there.