Port Washington residents have a chance to help the hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders affected by hunger with the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
People throughout Long Island are asked to place non-perishable food products in a bag and leave it in their mailbox on May 8 and from May 10 to 13. Your local mail carrier will pick up the items. The food is then brought to a warehouse to be weighed, sorted, packed and shipped to fill local soup kitchens, pantries and shelters. This task is a huge undertaking and as many volunteers as possible are needed. For information on how you can help, visit www.stampouthungerli.com or call Island Harvest (516) 294-8528 or Long Island Cares at (631) 582-FOOD.
Donations from this year's event are expected to push the overall total since the annual drive began 18 years ago to more than 1 billion pounds of collected food. The total currently is 982.7 million pounds.
This event is being held in conjunction with the United States Postal Service. Other co-sponsors of the drive are Feeding America, the national's food bank network; United Way Worldwide and its local United Ways; the AFL-CIO; Valpak; and the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association.