(OKLAHOMA CITY) – May 6, 2019 - On Saturday, May 11 help your letter carrier "Stamp Out Hunger" by leaving a plastic bag filled with non-perishable canned food donations by your mailbox during the largest one-day food drive in America. Letter carriers in central and western Oklahoma will collect the bags and the food will be distributed to one of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s nearly 1,300 community-based partner agencies.
“If you’ve seen one hungry child you’ve seen one too many,” said Steve Riggs, statewide chair of the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. “This food drive is important because it stocks the shelves of our pantries at a time when children are out of school for summer break, a time when the Regional Food Bank sees an uptick in the need for food assistance.”
Oklahoma residents will receive a plastic bag in their mail the week of May 6. Most needed items include: canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter and rice and beans. Residents are encouraged to leave as many bags as they would like. Nonperishable food donations can also be dropped off at participating post offices.
“Our community partners in 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma work hard to provide food to their neighbors in need of food assistance and this drive helps each and every one of them continue their generous work," said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank.
The National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected food donations nationwide since 1993. Letter carriers have collected 11.3 million pounds of food in central and western Oklahoma during that time.
The Regional Food Bank distributed enough food last year to feed more than 616,000 Oklahomans. Monetary donations can also be made online at feedinghope.org or by calling 405-600-3136. Every dollar donated will help provide four meals for Oklahomans living with inconsistent access to healthy food.