Mail carriers plan to 'Stamp Out Hunger'

By: Christine Karsten, Megan Hickey Email
By: Christine Karsten, Megan Hickey Email

South Bend, Ind. 44 percent of children in Northern Indiana struggle with hunger. That’s why the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana are looking to help.

This Saturday letter carriers all across the country and right here in our community are participating in a food drive known as “Stamp Out Hunger”. 175,000 letter carriers will collect food along their routes to help supply food to more than 10,000 communities.

Michiana has been participating in this nationwide food drive for 22 years. Just last year 128,107 pounds of food was collected. This year’s goal is 200,000 pounds of non-perishable food items. That means if every house in St. Joseph County gave two cans of food, the goal would be reached.

So, here is what you have to do. You should have received a bag in the mail attached to a postcard. Take that bag and fill it with non-perishable food items. Then, put the full bag by your mailbox. It is as simple as that, you don’t even have to leave your home.

If you didn’t get a bag or lost it, just stop by a Martin’s or a local post office and get one. Finally, if your mail gets dropped off on Saturday but your food did not get picked up, just call the Food Bank of Northern Indiana at 574-232-9986.

A couple things to keep in mind:
-Put your donation by the mailbox before 8 a.m. Saturday
-Only non-perishable food items
- No glass items
- Need peanut butter, canned meats, protein items, canned soups, pasta, pasta sauce, healthy snacks, personal care items, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, baby items and more.

UPDATE: An unofficial total estimates that around 110,471 pounds of food were collected on Saturday.

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