Idaho Letter Carriers’ Food Drive Set for Saturday, May 11


By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV – KTWT-TV ) - The Postal Service and its letter carriers will hold their annual food drive on Saturday May 11. Idahoans are encouraged to participate by placing non-perishable food items in plastic bags, and leaving them by their mailbox before mail delivery on May 11. All the food collected will go to local community food banks and pantries.
This is the 21st year for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which has collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception. Last year generous Americans donated more than 70 million pounds of food, including nearly 400,000 pounds of food in the Gem state.
Examples of non-perishable items include: peanut butter, canned soup, canned meats, canned vegetables, fruits and juices, boxed goods (such as cereal), pasta and rice. Do not donate items that have expired or are in glass containers.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual study measuring food security in the United States, more than 50 million Americans, including 17 million children, are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger. In Idaho, an estimated 79,186 households face food insecurity.
The food drive is part of a nationwide drive designed to fill food bank pantries through the summer months, when levels are traditionally low. The effort by the USPS, members of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Rural Letter Carriers and other volunteers is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
Some of the many Idaho Post Offices and letter carriers collecting food on their routes for those in need on May 11 include: Boise, Blackfoot, Buhl, Burley, Caldwell, Coeur d’Alene, Emmett, Gooding, Idaho Falls, Jerome, Lewiston, Malad City, Meridian, Mountain Home, Nampa, Pocatello, Rexburg, Sandpoint, St. Maries, Twin Falls and several other offices.
“The Postal Service is proud to play a major role with our carriers, corporate partners, and local community organizations to help stamp out hunger,” said USPS Salt Lake District Manager Ken McArthur.

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