Palumbo: Residents can Participate in 25th Annual ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Food Drive

May 8, 2017

Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk) today noted that fellow Long Island residents can join in participation with the Local U.S. Postal Service, National Association of Letter Carriers, and Island Harvest Food Bank, as they hold the 25th Annual Letters Carriers’ ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Food Drive.

The food drive will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Residents are encouraged to leave non-perishable food items including canned goods, cereal, pasta, rice, boxed juices and shelf-stable milk (no glass) near their mailboxes before their regularly scheduled mail delivery. Local USPS letter carriers will then collect the donations and ensure that they are received by the Island Harvest Food Bank and its network of hunger-relief agencies found across Nassau and Suffolk counties.

“This is a wonderful initiative for a great cause,” said Palumbo. “With around 70,000 people seeking supplemental food support weekly from various food pantries and soup kitchens served by the Island Harvest Food Bank, every donation counts. Every year this food drive gets bigger; let’s all work together to make this year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive the biggest one yet.”

‘Stamp Out Hunger’ is considered the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Last year’s drive collected over 471,553 pounds of food on Long Island alone. With more than 316,000 Long Islanders facing the risk of hunger daily, this initiative is crucial to assisting people in the community who are in need.

“There are many people in our communities who struggle to put food on the table week to week,” said Palumbo. “Many work more than one job and still struggle to provide for themselves and their families. Food drives like ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ are crucial to providing non-perishable food items to food banks, like the Island Harvest Food Bank, that serve Long Islanders in need of assistance. I strongly encourage anyone who is able to provide at least one non-perishable item to participate in the ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Food Drive.”