Saturday, May 12, 2012, marks the return of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. In 2012 the nation’s largest one-day food drive is celebrating its 20th anniversary. This year they are looking for more help than ever to feed people in communities across the United States, many of whom have nowhere else to turn.
In the Puget Sound, Stamp Out Hunger partners with several agencies to distribute food, including Food Lifeline, one of SMCU’s Feel Good Checking community partners. Food Lifeline is an award-winning organization that works to provide food to area food banks and other groups working to eradicate hunger.
In 2011, Food Lifeline distributed more than 35 million pounds of food to hungry people in Western Washington. Because of their focus on efficiency and a never-ending search for innovative sources of donations, Food Lifeline is able to use 96 cents of every dollar they receive to feed hungry people.
How can you help?
Place non-perishable food by your mailbox on Saturday
Participating in Stamp Out Hunger is easy. Bag any non-perishable food items you would like to donate and place the bag by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up. The letter carriers will bring donations back to their post office where volunteers will help deliver them to distribution centers like Food Lifeline.
Here is a list of suggested donation items and some guidelines for food donations.
Make a donation online
For about a dollar Food Lifeline is able to feed a family of four. If you would rather give cash than food, it is easy to do so online. You can donate any amount you would like above $10 using your credit or debit card. You can even set up a recurring donation.
Visit Food Lifeline’s Online Donation site to donate or learn more.
In 2011, nearly 9,000 volunteers gave more than 43,000 hours of their time to help Food Lifeline work toward their mission of eliminating hunger in Western Washington. Food Lifeline depends on volunteers to pick up and sort food, help at special events, and support their administrative offices.
To learn more about volunteering with Food Lifeline visit their web site or call them at 206-545-6600.
Open a Feel Good Checking account at SMCU
Because Food Lifeline is one of SMCU’s Feel Good Checking partners, you can support them by opening a new Feel Good Checking account. SMCU donates $20 for every Feel Good Checking account opened. When you open your account, tell us that you want us to send that donation to Food Lifeline. Since 2008, we have donated more than $95,000 to our partners through this program.
Cooperation can make a difference.
SMCU believes in the power we have as a community to make a difference. After all, cooperation is how the credit union was founded. When we all come together to lend a hand to those in need we are able to do some truly amazing things.
Learn more at www.helpstampouthunger.com