Letter carriers ready to ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

Food drive collected 80 million pounds of food in 2016

SIDNEY — Campbell Soup Company and the Shelby County United Way will join forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to help Stamp Out Hunger in Shelby County on Saturday, May 13. Now in its 25th year, the annual food drive has grown from a regional to a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2016, generous Americans donated over 80 million pounds of food, thus establishing a new record.

Locally last year, 5,316 pounds of food, the equivalent of 2.7 tons, was collected and shared between local pantries. The food drive in Shelby County is coordinated by the Shelby County United Way and the Sidney Post Office. This year, the food collected in Shelby County will be divided between Agape Distribution, Alpha Community Center, Lockington United Methodist Church, St Jacob Lutheran Church in Anna, Sidney FISH and the Salvation Army food pantries.

“All food collected remains local and benefits many residents in different communities in Shelby County,” said Scott Barr, executive director of the Shelby County United Way.

“We are anticipating another great year for the food drive,”said Brian Schroeder, Sidney postmaster. “The generosity of Shelby County residents has been remarkable in past years. The Postal Service supports this great cause to Stamp out Hunger. Our local food pantries will benefit from the donations collected by your mail carrier on May 13.”

To participate in the 25th Stamp Out Hunger food drive in Shelby County, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 13. Shelby County’s letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to the Sidney Post Office where they will be distributed to the participating food pantries.

Food drive collected 80 million pounds of food in 2016