5/14, Letter Carriers Food Drive

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, Central Florida Letter Carriers will again help #StampOutHunger across America with your help.

stampouthungerThis food drive occurs during an important time of the year when most school programs are about to close for the summer, leaving millions of children to find alternative sources of nutrition.

What Can You Do To Help?

  1.  Place bags filled with nonperishable food items next to your mailbox.*
  2. Your letter carrier will pick them up and deliver them to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

There is simply no easier way to help the community than to contribute nonperishable food items through the Letter Carriers Food Drive on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Who is Hungry in Central Florida?

A recent study (2014) by Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida showed that people in our community sought food assistance 3.7 million times in a one-year period  – 71,600 in a typical week.  27% of those served are children, 11% are seniors, 14% were from households including a veteran.  Read the report from Second Harvest.

What Can I Donate?

Canned meats, fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice. Please do not include items that have expired or those in glass containers.

Please remember the special needs of infants and toddlers

Infants:

  • Powdered infant milk or soy based formulas (WIC-approved preferred)
  • Baby cereal
  • Baby fruits (single ingredient preferred)
  • Baby vegetables (single ingredient preferred)
  • Baby Meats (no meat sticks)

Toddlers:

  • Shelf-stable white whole milk for 1 year olds;
  • Shelf-stable 1% (low fat) or skim milk for 2 years olds and up;
  • Shelf-stable soy milk.
  • Canned fruits, preferably packed in juice with no added sugar
  • Canned vegetables, preferably low sodium or no salt added
  • Canned beans such as black, red, pink, pinto beans, black-eyed peas, pigeon peas, garbanzos
  • Shelf stable foods designed for toddlers such as Stage 3, Graduates, etc.

LINKS

* Letter Carriers’ Association Stamp Out Hunger (National site)

* Second Harvest Food Bank

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