This Saturday, May 14th, is Stamp Out Hunger, a nationwide food drive...and simple giving opportunity! You may have received this postcard in your mailbox some time during the past few weeks.
Simply fill a bag with nonperishable food items and place it near your mailbox. Your mail carrier will pick it up and the food will be distributed locally to a food bank in your community.
I spoke to our mail carrier and he said that in NYC, the mail carrier who drives the truck early in the morning, picks up the bags. So if you live in NYC, let your mail carrier know you have a bag so that he can notify the truck carrier. Then place the bag near your mailbox late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
I have no affiliation with any of the organizations connected to this campaign, but am moved by this simple opportunity!
Tonight after dinner, we went through our cabinets and gathered a pretty good selection of food. The kids were thrilled that we let them put all of the food in the bag by themselves (we just doubled a couple of paper bags that we typically use for recycling). And we held our breaths as they not-so-gently "placed" the glass jars into the bag.
IMPORTANT NOTE: After the kids filled the bag, I re-read the information and GLASS JARS ARE NOT ACCEPTED! Oops. Makes sense!
So we removed the glass jars and will replace them.
We were planning to go to the store tomorrow anyway to pick up some other items for the bag. There is a sale on pasta and such. And now, we'll just add a few more canned goods to the list to replace the glass jars!
What a sweet, simple way to give to families in your community. And you still have time! Don't forget -- it's this Saturday!
And if you can't give food this weekend, you can always share the event information on Twitter (@stampouthunger) or on Facebook (Stamp Out Hunger).
Bonus Tip: Throughout the month of May, you can also donate fresh food online and "crowd-feed" through Amp Your Good. So cool!