The Chattanooga Area Food Bank will again join forces with Chattanooga letter carriers to Stamp Out Hunger across America on Saturday, providing assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling to put food on their tables every day. Now in its 22nd year, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2013, drive organizers across the country collected more than 70 million pounds of total food donations for the tenth consecutive year.
To participate in the Stamp Out Hunger drive, Chattanooga residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday. Local letter
carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take
them to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.
Despite the generosity of millions of Americans who have supported the letter carriers' food drive in previous years, the need for food assistance still exists for many families. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual study measuring food security in the United States, nearly 49 million Americans, including more than 16 million children, are struggling with hunger.
Donations will be collected Saturday along postal routes in Chattanooga, and food sorting will be at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank