USPS Hosting Stamp Out Hunger to Benefit Local Food Pantries
Sometimes, it's hard to believe that there are people so close to home that need food. When I think of "hunger" I think of big cities and even other countries but the truth is there are hungry people right here in the tri-state. And, Saturday, May 13th, you can help stock the food pantries for the summer just by placing non-perishable food items and supplies in a bag and placing them at the base of your mailbox in support of the USPS Stamp Out Hunger campaign. All donations must be made by 9 AM on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
Teams of volunteers from local food pantries will be following the routes of the mail carriers and picking up your donations. Vehicles with volunteers should have placards in the windshield and "hoppers" will wear a badge identifying that they are authorized participants. If you won't be home Saturday, you can take your bag to the nearest USPS office. *Note: participation by USPS offices and postal workers is voluntary. Call your local office to double check if you want to double check participation.
All food will stay local. For instance, in Newburgh food that is collected will benefit the St. John the Baptist pantry and Newburgh United Methodist Church pantry.
Most needed items:
- Peanut Butter
- Grape Jelly
- Boxed Scalloped Potatoes
- Long Grain White Rice
- Pasta - Spaghetti, Elbow Macaroni, and Wide Egg Noodles
- Lasagna Pasta Boxed Dinner
- Canned Vegetables (Whole Kernal Corn)
- Canned Fruit (Peach Halves)
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Chicken Flavored Rix Mix
- Canned White Chunk Chicken
- Canned Chunk Light Tuna in Water
- Buttermilk Pancake Mix
- Pancake Syrup
- Personal Care Items (Toilet Paper, Tooth Brushes, Tooth Paste, Shampoo, Deodorant, Bar Soap, etc.)
- Baby Items (Shampoo, Wipes, Bath Wash, Lotion)
- Cleaning Supplies
Please do not donate frozen food, homemade food or home-canned items. Please do not donate items that have expired or are in glass containers. In keeping with good food-handling and food-safety procedures, food that is opened, damaged, out of code or does not have the official ingredients included will be discarded by the food bank in the sorting process.