Letter carriers throughout northwest Pennsylvania will again Stamp Out Hunger with the public’s help on Saturday. Doing so is simple: Leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable foods like canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to the mailbox early in the morning on Saturday.
Food items should be in non-breakable containers, such as boxes and cans. Local letter carriers, volunteers, Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts will collect donations from homes across northwest Pennsylvania and will deliver them to Second Harvest or Second Harvest member agencies.
Now in its 21st year, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, having collected more than 1 billion pounds of food since its inception in 1993.
Last year, the letter carriers and volunteers in northwest Pennsylvania collected about 111,000 pounds of food to help feed the hungry. Community support during this event will greatly help Second Harvest to continue to provide food assistance to an ever-increasing number of neighbors in need.
Second Harvest is the major supplier of food to a network of 298 member charitable agencies that obtain products from the food bank’s warehouse and distribute them to individuals and families facing hard times in 11 counties. Second Harvest’s member agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, Kids Cafes, weekend BackPack Programs and other nonprofit organizations.
Last year, Second Harvest distributed 11.2 million pounds of food to member agencies, which in turn provided food to 72,600 unduplicated recipients.
n More information: Call Samantha Sherwin at the Second Harvest Food Bank at (814) 459-3663, ext. 108, or visit helpstampouthunger.com.