Letter Carriers Fight Hunger in Indiana Communities; You Can Help Saturday

Posted On May 09, 2014

By Mary Kuhlman, Indiana News Service

stamp-out-hunger-food-drive-logo.jpg(Indianapolis, Ind.) – In the past two decades, letter carriers across the nation and in Indiana have collected more than 1 billion pounds of food – one day at a time – during their annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

And Saturday they’ll be adding more to that tally.

Ollie Brown, coordinator of the event in the greater Indianapolis area, says letter carriers know there are many families struggling to put food on the table.

“The letter carriers are in the neighborhood, and we see the need,” she explains. “We feel that we can help out.”

To participate, residents can leave a sturdy bag of nonperishable foods – staples such as canned vegetables, rice or cereal – next to their mailbox before their regular mail delivery time.

“Any amount you put out, if we can’t pick it up when we pass by, we will come back and get it,” Brown says. “So, if you want to put out 10 bags of food, we’ll pick up 10 bags of food. If you want to put out one can, we’ll take the one can.”

She says the donated food will be sorted and taken to regional food banks and emergency food relief agencies.

If you miss the donation time, food can also be dropped off at local post offices.

Brown says pantries typically have little food on their shelves this time of the year, so it’s a good time for the collection.

She adds that it also is important because school will be out for the summer.

“Some of the kids count on the schools to feed them so, when the school closes a lot of kids don’t have food to eat,” she explains. “So, they can go to the food pantry and possibly get some food.”

According to Feeding Indiana, more than 1 million Hoosiers are unsure of where their next meal is coming from, including nearly 346,000 children.