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Help To “Stamp Out” Hunger On Southern OR Coast
Help stamp out hunger on the South Coast with the National Association of Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive, the largest one-day food drive in the world! Simply place your bag of nonperishable food donations by your mailbox on Saturday, May 11th, and the rest is taken care of! This is the one day of the year that all Americans have the opportunity – with the help of letter carriers – to donate food to help keep families in our community fed. Simply look for a yellow plastic food drive bag in your mail (or provide your own), fill it with nutritious, nonperishable food, and place it by your mailbox on Saturday, May 11th. If you miss your carrier’s daily visit, donations can be dropped off at any post office by Wednesday, May 15th.
The “Stamp Out Hunger” effort has collected more than one billion pounds of food nationally since its inception in 1993. In Oregon, more than 4,000 letter carriers in urban and rural areas will join the national effort to pick up food from postal customers. All donated food stays in the community where it was collected. Post offices in Coos and Curry Counties, including those in Coos Bay, North Bend, Coquille, Myrtle Point, Powers, Bandon, Gold Beach, Langlois, Sixes, Port Orford, and Brookings, have paired with agencies in the South Coast Food Share Network and other community partners to get food out to those who need it. Last year, the communities of the South Coast donated over 26,000 pounds of food, and this year food drive organizers hope to collect 30,000!
The NALC food drive is made possible by local letter carriers, the U.S. Postal Service, Wells Fargo, Oregon Food Bank, and many Oregon unions and community organizations. Wells Fargo’s support helped fund the biodegradable bags and more than 600 Wells Fargo employees will volunteer for this event at more than 40 locations throughout the state.
South Coast Food Share is a program of Oregon Coast Community Action, a non-profit network of programs that help feed, house, warm and educate the communities of the South Coast, and help families thrive. For more information, please call (541) 435-7754 or learn more at www.orcca.us.