San Antonio letter carriers to help Stamp Out Hunger in nationwide food drive

On Saturday, May 14, Campbell Soup Company will join forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to provide assistance to San Antonio families struggling to put food on their tables every day. This year letter carriers representing nearly 1,500 local branches of the postal union will collect food donations along their postal routes. These donations will be used to replenish food banks and pantries in more than 10,000 communities.

Grocery bags will be delivered to all households in San Antonio in the days prior to May 14. The bags were made possible by donations from The USAA Foundation, Tesoro and H-E-B. We’re asking residents to fill the bags with non-perishable food items and leave them by the mailbox on the morning of May 14 before their letter carrier stops to deliver the mail. Letter carriers will collect the donations and take them to the San Antonio Food Bank.

Most needed items: peanut butter, cereal, tuna, beans, rice, mac & cheese, chili, canned stews, soups and luncheon meats, full meals in a can, and pop-top food items. No glass containers.

Update, 11:06 a.m., May 11: On Tuesday,  May 10, the Bexar County Commissioner's Court presented a proclamation marking May 14 as Stamp Out Hunger Day in Bexar County. The San Antonio Food Bank provided these photos of their employees accepting the proclamation. (Story continues below)

The need for food assistance across America has never been greater. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual study measuring food security in the United States, the number of Americans living in a food insecure home surpassed 50 million in 2009 (the most recent year that such data is available). Perhaps most alarming is that approximately one-third of those at risk of hunger are children (17.2 million).

When school is out, low-income children lose their access to regular daily school lunches and breakfasts. According to USDA’s FY2010 Report, in Texas 2,388,150 kids received free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program in 2010. Only 162,636 participated in the Summer Food Service Program – 6.8%. School meals typically provide at least one-third and one-fourth, respectively, of the nutrients that a child needs during the school year. Because families can’t meet this need, food banks report increases in requests for emergency food during the summer. The Stamp Out Hunger food drive will help us stock the shelves at the Food Bank to prepare for the increased need.

Also supporting the drive as national partners are the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, Valpak, the AFL-CIO, United Way, and Uncle Bob's Self Storage.

For more information about the Stamp Out Hunger food drive in San Antonio, visit the San Antonio Food Bank website or the Stamp Out Hunger website. See a public service announcement about the event below.