The annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will be Saturday, May 11 in Klamath Falls, according to a news release. The Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank celebrates 22 years of organized participation in this nationwide event.
“Twenty thousand grocery bags will be delivered to residents throughout Klamath Falls and Lakeview. If everyone put just one can of food in the bag we could stock the Food Bank shelves for summer. Just one can from everyone. It’s that simple,” said the food bank’s Executive Director Niki Sampson.
It is easy to participate in the food drive, simply place a bag of non-perishable food or a monetary donation in or by your mailbox by 9 a.m., Saturday, May 11, for the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to pick up.
Local Wells Fargo employees, food bank employees, Letter Carriers’, both active and retired and Lakeview Food Pantry volunteers will be unloading postal vans full of food for this event. Sturdicraft donates a 40-foot trailer to collect the food and First Interstate Bank, across from the Seventh Street post office, gives up their parking lot for the trailer and volunteers. Ace towing will deliver the food bank’s forklift to the post office so food can easily be loaded and save the backs of volunteers.
The “Stamp Out Hunger” effort is the largest single-day food drive in the world. The NALC Food Drive has collected more than 1 billion pounds of food nationally since the food drive’s inception in 1993.
Letter Carriers’ support and enthusiasm makes all the difference. In 1997, the first year our region officially participated, Letter Carriers’ collected 6 pounds of food. Last year, with food and monetary donations, nearly 12,000 pounds were collected. There’s simply no easier way to give a hand to your friends and neighbors in need.
Shelf-stable food items have become increasingly more difficult to access through traditional food bank channels. Changes in the food industry over the past few years have reduced the amount of non-perishable food items available. Food programs across the country are really feeling the pinch. As a result, food banks are relying more than ever on purchasing shelf-stable items for their programs and asking for more help through community food drives.
For more opportunities to contribute, visit klamathfoodbank.org.