HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than 240,000 mail carriers across the nation will lead the Postal Service's effort to "Stamp Out Hunger" by collecting food donations throughout Hawaii and in cities and towns across the country on Saturday, May 12 in the 20th annual National Association of Letter Carriers' Food Drive.
The drive is the nation's largest one-day effort to combat hunger and is held to support the mission of community food banks such as the Hawaii Foodbank. Last year, about 1,000 of Hawaii's mail carriers collected more than 490,000 pounds of food items, led by the 43,000 pounds collected by the Pearl City Post Office. Nationwide, 70.2 million pounds of food were collected last year; more than one billion pounds of food has been collected during the campaign's first 19 years.
Residents are urged to place non-perishable food items next to their mailbox for pickup on May 12 before their usual mail pickup time. The mail carriers will then transport the donations back to their Post Offices where postal employees and their families will sort the food and deliver it to their nearest community food banks. Post Offices without residential delivery will be collecting items during the week leading up to May 12.