Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive is May 9

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The Food Bank for Larimer County is asking for the community’s support on May 9 as it joins America’s letter carriers and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Hosted each year by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single-day food drive in the country. The event helps to support the one in ten Larimer County residents who struggle with hunger.

Residents can participate by donating non-perishable food items and leaving them near their mailboxes in the blue bag provided by their mail carrier or another sturdy bag on May 9. The Food Bank places a particular emphasis on nutrition and asks community members to donate nutritious items, including peanut butter (non-hydrogenated oil); canned tuna & chicken in water; canned fruits in fruit juice; and low sodium canned soups. No glass containers, please. A letter carrier will collect the donations and deliver them to the Food Bank. Items will then be distributed to those facing hunger right here in Larimer County. Residents are urged to call 970-481-5541 in the event that the food they have left outside for pick up has not been collected. If their call is not answered, they should leave a message that includes their phone number and their address.

Cash, checks or on-line contributions towards the food drive are always welcome. Please write, “Letter Carriers Food Drive” on the check or make a note to an online donation. However, cash and checks should never be placed in the food drive bags left for the letter carriers for pick up, because processing so much food takes several weeks. Cash donations can be mailed to the Food Bank for Larimer County, 1301 Blue Spruce, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524.

According to Feeding America’s recently released Map the Meal Gap 2015 study, 43,940 Larimer County residents are food insecure. Stamp Out Hunger is the opportune time for the public to help neighbors who struggle with hunger.