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You Can Help Stamp Out Hunger

May 5, 2014
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Around the state, letter carriers and volunteers will collect food placed at mailboxes Saturday, May 10.

Portland, Oregon – May 5, 2014 – For many, Saturday is a day for relaxing. Perhaps you slowly enjoy a cup of coffee, read a book or work in the garden. On Saturday, May 10 we hope you’ll do one thing before you start your day. It’s simple. Place a bag of nonperishable food by your mailbox for the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  

This is the one day of the year that everyone has the opportunity – with the help of letter carriers – to easily donate food to help families in need. Last year more than 1.1 million pounds were collected in Oregon, this year’s goal is 1.5 million. The letter carriers’ food drive benefits the Oregon Food Bank Network, serving people who are hungry in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.

“Our communities are still recovering from the Great Recession. Many people need food assistance so they can continue to cover expenses like housing and medical care,” said Susannah Morgan, CEO of Oregon Food Bank.

“Letter carriers see people in need every day and want to make a difference,” said Portland Postmaster Shawneen Betha. “I’m amazed every year by the overwhelming response from letter carriers. They truly believe that no one should be hungry.”

How you can help:

1)     Look for a yellow plastic food drive bag in your mail during the first week of May.

2)     Fill the bag (or any sturdy bag) with nutritious, nonperishable food. Oregon Food Bank will recycle your bag.

3)     Place it by your mailbox early on Saturday, May 10.

**All donated food will stay in the community where it was collected.**

A list of most wanted foods is available at http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/Organize-a-Food-Drive/Most-Wanted-Foods However, for this event we are unable to accept food items in glass containers.

If you miss your letter carrier’s visit on May 10, please drop off your food donations at any post office by Wednesday, May 14.

About the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive

The National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger effort is the largest single-day food drive in the country. Along with the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the National Association of Letter Carriers has collected over one billion pounds of food nationally since the drives inception over 20 years ago.

The food drive is made possible by your local letter carriers, the U.S. Postal Service, Wells Fargo and many volunteers and community organizations.

About Oregon Food Bank
With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four Oregon Food Bank branches and 17 independent regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. The Oregon Food Bank Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. Oregon Food Bank also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education, and helping communities strengthen local food systems. For more information visit oregonfoodbank.org

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Contact:

Myrna Jensen
Marketing & Communications
mjensen@OregonFoodBank.org
ph 503.575.2102