25th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive scheduled for Saturday

(Feeding America Southwest Virginia)

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) - The 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive is Saturday, May 13.

Those who want to donate can leave non-perishable goods next to their mailbox and letter carriers will collect them!

"This food drive comes at a critical time for those we serve," said Pamela Irvine, president and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia. "With recent research telling us that the cost of a meal is rising and those already struggling are struggling even more, Food Lion and our letter carriers' are indispensable in helping us provide food for the hungry."

The Stamp Out Hunger drive is the nation's largest single-day food drive and is held in 10,000 cities across the country.

According to the National Association of Letter Carriers, 50 million around the country face hunger, and letter carriers see the struggles firsthand.

People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag-paper or plastic-containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on that Saturday.

The carriers will then take the donations to area food banks, including Feeding America.

Locally, Food Lion Feeds has stepped up to provide donation bags as well as a "kickoff" donation of 7,800 meals to Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

Since the first national Food Drive in 1993, the Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food; last year's drive brought in a record 80 million pounds of food, according to the National Association of Letter Carriers.

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