Participating in this annual food drive is easy. All Idahoans need to do is place non-perishable food items in plastic bags and leave them by their mailboxes before mail delivery on May 10.
Postal workers will collect the food. All of it will go to local community food banks and pantries.
This is the 22nd year of the annual “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive,” which has collected more than 1 billion pounds of food since its inception.
Examples of non-perishable items include: peanut butter, canned soup, canned meats, canned vegetables, fruits and juices, boxed goods (such as cereal), pasta and rice. Do not donate items that have expired or are in glass containers.
The food drive’s timing is deliberate. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.
Some of the many Idaho Post Offices and letter carriers collecting food on their routes for those in need on May 10 include: Boise, Blackfoot, Buhl, Burley, Caldwell, Coeur d’Alene, Emmett, Gooding, Idaho Falls, Jerome, Lewiston, Malad City, Meridian, Mountain Home, Nampa, Pocatello, Rexburg, Sandpoint, St. Maries, Twin Falls and several other offices.
The food drive, an effort by the USPS, members of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Rural Letter Carriers and other volunteers is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Learn more about theStamp Out Hunger Food Drive and Feeding America.