Letter carriers see the whole of communities differently than do most of us. Each day, they set out on foot, step up to every house on their route and get an up-close look at the various realities that people face.
One of those is hunger.
Millions of Americans are uncertain where their next meal will come from – or if it will come at all. Nearly one in eight Americans is food insecure, more than 12 million children live in a food insecure household and roughly five million seniors currently face hunger in our country.
But on May 11, food pantries and the hungry can look to letter carriers – and Kellogg Company – to deliver. The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is proud to welcome Kellogg as one of our first national sponsors of our Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive. It’s the largest single day food drive in America.
Starting in early May, letter carriers across the country began distributing Stamp Out Hunger promotion post cards and bags to residents, encouraging them to bag healthy nonperishable food items for pickup on Saturday, May 11. All residents have to do is place their food donations near their mailbox and their letter carrier will collect and deliver the donations to local community food banks or pantries.
Kellogg is the perfect fit to be our national sponsor for the campaign. Every day the company addresses food security through its Breakfasts for Better Days™ platform, which is helping to create 3 billion Better Days for people and communities by the end of 2025. Since Kellogg launched Breakfasts for Better Days launched in 2013, the company has provided more than 3 billion servings of food to people in need in the U.S.
To help kick off Stamp Out Hunger®, Kellogg has pledged to donate 500,000 lbs. of snacks, bars and cereal – the equivalent of 8 million servings of food – to help feed people in need across the country. They will also team up with grocery retailer Food Lion to help support Stamp Out Hunger® promotional events at local food banks in North Charleston, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Salem, Va.; Newark, Del. and Washington D.C. Kellogg’s own Tony the Tiger will be on hand to help encourage people to make a donation.
Now in its 27th year, Stamp Out Hunger® has collected at least 1.67 billion pounds of food. Last year alone, we collected 71.6 million pounds of food. This year, we’re looking to do even better. Please help us in our fight to end hunger on May 11. To learn more, visit the National Association of Letter Carriers website. To learn more about how Kellogg is helping to end hunger, visit OpenForBreakfast.com.