Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive set for Saturday

Posted May 13, 2018

Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single-day food drive in the United States and is held on the second Saturday in May. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in Idaho Falls, Ammon, Rigby, Shelley and Salmon who need the help. In that blue bag put non-perishable items like cans of food, cereal, pasta, etc. Place that bag next to your mailbox on Saturday and letter carriers will collect the food. Representatives from one of those organizations, Harvest of Blessing Food and Clothing Bank, says it's awesome how much the community cares.

All you have to do it leave the items by your mailbox and they'll pick them up.

Letter carriers are collecting more than mail today.

This year marks the 26 year of the program, and collectively more than 1.5 billion pounds of food were collected since the inaugural event in 1993.

In 2017, Madison County donated 22,000 pounds of food to the Stamp Out Hunger campaign. "Usually, when we get bulk donations, they'll go to places like Loaves and Fishes, where they serve a lot of meals at once". The goal is to make significant donations of food to organizations serving people in need. "We're talking to customers, we're out there in the community and we just want to do our part to help", said Penny.

Our community has shown many times that it is willing to help out when necessary.

Its essential for restocking local food pantries' shelves in a typically slow time of year, said Louise Wilhelm, director of volunteers for the Westmoreland County Food Bank.