On Saturday, May 14, more than 175,000 mail carriers across the nation will lead the Postal Service’s effort to “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting food donations throughout Hawaii and in cities and towns across the country.
The 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is the nation’s largest one-day effort to combat hunger.
Food collected in Hawaii will go to the Hawaii Foodbank. Top requested items include canned meats or tuna, canned meals such as chili, stew or spaghetti, canned soups, and canned fruits and vegetables.
Residents are urged to place non-perishable food items next to their mailbox for pickup on May 14 before their usual mail pickup time. Mail carriers will then transport the donations back to their post offices where postal employees and volunteers will sort and deliver the food to the Foodbank.
Post Offices without residential delivery will be collecting items during the days leading up to May 14.
Last year, about 1,000 of Hawaii’s mail carriers collected more than 533,000 pounds of food items, led by the 44,198 pounds collected by the Pearl City Post Office.
Nationwide, almost 70 million pounds of food were collected last year; more than 1.4 billion pounds of food has been collected during the campaign’s first 23 years.