YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Letter carriers with the United States Postal Service are collecting food donations Saturday.
It’s all part of Stamp Out Hunger. All you have to do is put your non-perishable donations in a bag and set it by your mailbox on Saturday, May 11. The carriers will pick it up.
All the donations will be distributed to local food banks.
One of the coordinators of the food drive said they see families directly impacted by this struggling in the community every day.
“We’re going to these areas every day. We do see the people that are struggling in those areas, so we know there is a great need out there. We know there has been a lot of job losses in our community here in the Mahoning Valley,” Scott Downing said.
Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, with 71.6 million pounds collected in all 50 states last year. Since the drive began in 1993, total donations have surpassed 1.6 billion pounds of food.
Last year, the food drive raised about 200,000 pounds of food for the Mahoning Valley.
In the days leading up to the food drive, letter carriers were handing out special bags along with mail that can be used for the donations.
WHAT TO GIVE: Most-wanted foods include:
– Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon).
– Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese).
– Canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils).
– Pasta, rice cereal.
– Canned fruits.
– 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed).
– Canned vegetables.
– Cooking oil.
– Boxed cooking mixes (pancake, breads).
WHAT NOT TO GIVE:
– Rusty or unlabeled cans.
– Glass containers.
– Perishable items.
– Homemade items.
– No expired items
– Noncommercial canned or packaged items.
– Alcoholic beverages or mixes or soda.
– Open or used items.