Saturday is the 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive in Jacksonville and across the country, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers.

 

The event is the nation’s largest single-day food donation event and has collected about 1.5 billion pounds of food for the needy, according to Feeding Northeast Florida, which is partnering with area letter carriers.


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“That is a massive impact on our fight against hunger,” said Luke Layow, the regional food bank’s president and CEO.

Residents are asked to leave a paper or plastic bag of nonperishable food items near their mailbox. Letter carriers will collect the donations and bring them to post offices. Volunteers and food bank staff will sort the donations, then distribute them to people in need. Donation items that are most critically needed include peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned meat, canned fruit and granola bars.

Last year, almost 300,000 pounds of food was collected in the Jacksonville area, said Bob Henning, the letter carrier group’s regional food drive coordinator. All food collected in the local area stays in the local area, he said.

“Each year letter carriers nationwide look forward to this one-day event to help out those residents that are in need of food,” he said.

Volunteers are needed at 11 Jacksonville post office locations. To help, fill out a volunteer form at feedingnefl.org/nalc or call (904) 830-4379.

Beth Reese Cravey: (904) 359-4109