Thursday, February 2, 2023

May 14 ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ collects for local, national food insecurity


(WBNG) – Around our nation May 14, the ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive will be taking place.

To participate in the effort, City Carrier Emily Blakeslee with USPS says says it’s not an inconvenience. “You’re bringing your mail out to the mailbox, you might as well just bring out a canned good or two as well,” she said.

For decades, USPS has partnered with hunger relief programs, like CHOW, to ask for non-perishable food items.“We’re asking for non-perishable goods, pastas, canned goods and city carrier or rural carrier would collect that bag of food,” said Blakeslee.

Yellow bags for the event have been placed in mailboxes. If you didn’t receive a plastic bag or if you misplaced the bag, Blakeslee said to still put your items in your mailbox.

Director Les Aylesworth of CHOW is on the receiving end as a hunger relief program. He explained why participation is so important. “None of us knows what life can do to us. You can have a medical emergency, you can have a car accident, you can have a job loss and all of a sudden you’re there. You never intended to, but you’re there. And now you’re in need,” he said. “We want to be able to fill that gap as best we can.

While this food drive is aimed to reach any resident in need, Aylesworth said it’s also timely with school letting out. “One out of four kids in Broome County is food insecure. A lot of kids depend on school for their meals,” he said.

Due to a pause from the pandemic, Blakeslee said the goal is to beat the 2019 local numbers. “That number being 113,00 pounds of food just in our Binghamton, Endicott, Vestal area… We do have some smaller offices that participate as well,” she said.

USPS is asking for filled bags to be placed inside or by your mailbox before your usual delivery time.

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