May 9, 2015 | 3 Hour Shifts from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Area Post Offices
On Saturday, May 9, 2015, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will collect food donations in order to provide assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling with hunger.
Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.
The nation’s 180,000 letter carriers will collect food donations left at the mailboxes of generous Americans in more than 10,000 communities and deliver them to food banks and other hunger-relief organizations.
We need volunteers to help pick-up, sort and package the food at Post Offices around St. Louis.
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity. You can do anything you decide to do.”
– Amelia Earhart
I think most of us aspire to make a difference – either in our careers, in the lives of our loved ones, or in our community.
But life, with all its complications and commitments, often seems to stand in the way.
Though we may have the best of intentions, we somehow never seem to find the time or energy to do all that we hope to do.
Like many of us, I often tell myself that I’ll be able to do more giving back later in my life. . .when my son is older. When my work is less busy. When I have fewer social commitments.
The trouble with “later” is that inevitably, something or someone new always appears. That hope for “later” becomes a mirage we continually chase.
What if I could do something NOW? Is there something I can do in my small snippets of free time that would still make a difference?
Right now, the St. Louis Area Foodbank needs your online vote to help us win a $60,000 grant. If we win, we will be able to provide more than 200,000 additional meals to families in need!
You can vote once a day at http://stlfoodbank.org/clickforacause. Just put MO in the search bar and vote for the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Then share with your friends and family and encourage them to vote too!
Then, as we continue to celebrate Hunger Action Month, I’m happy to say that there are a myriad of additional things I – and those like me – can do.
Here’s a list of small actions that require just a few moments to achieve, but still make a big impact. You can make a difference in the lives of the 1 in 8 people in our community who struggle with hunger.
After visiting a local food bank on a school trip, I was surprised to see the limited fresh produce options for families utilizing area food banks.
I know shelf-stable items are easier for the average person to donate during a food drive, and more practical for food pantries to store. But I also know how important fresh fruit and vegetables are to a healthy diet!
I decided I wanted to make a difference in my community in the fight for food justice.
My interest in gardening was peaked when I read about Katie’s Krops, a non-profit organization that encourages youth to grow vegetables and fruit to feed the hungry in their communities. Read more
Here are just a few more places where you can lend a hand:
Agency Name: Good Samaritan Ministries in Carbondale
Volunteers needed: To help hand out food to families in need. Dates/times: 8 a.m. Dec. 20, 2013
8 a.m. Dec. 23, 2013 Address:
Good Samaritan Ministries Food Pantry
University Baptist Church
700 S Oakland
Carbondale, IL 62901
Thanks to your hard work – and the overwhelming generosity of St. Louis city and county residents – we brought in a HUGE amount of food in the 2013 Scouting for Food drive!
So far, the St. Louis Area Foodbank has collected 688,126 pounds of food since the scouts starting pick up food on Nov. 16, 2013. That’s a whopping 55,111 more pounds than last year, and we’re still counting! Additional donations will be either picked up and/or delivered over the next week or two, so our grand total will be even higher!
Across the bi-state region, the results were just as astounding! According to the Post-Dispatch, “more than 2.1 million food items were collected by participants in the annual Scouting for Food drive in the St. Louis area and parts of southern Illinois and southeast Missouri.”
“It was the most collected since 2008, when 2.2 million items were gathered, said Christine Dieckmann, a spokeswoman for the Boy Scouts of America’s Greater St. Louis Area Council.”
Summertime means fresh fruits and veggies at local farmers markets, in your own garden, and even right here at the St. Louis Area Foodbank.
This week, the Foodbank held two food fairs – one-day food distributions to several hundred families in need. At those events, we were lucky enough to give out tens of thousands of pounds of fresh produce.
On Wednesday, Foodbank drivers and staff delivered 26,215 pounds of food to Owensville, Mo. Included in that food was an amazing 18,380 pounds of fresh produce!
On Thursday, Foodbank staff visited Irvington, Ill., where we handed out more than 26,000 pounds of food to more than 170 families.
At the food fair in this small Illinois town, individuals struggling with hunger received carloads of canned goods, fresh corn, cantaloupe, onions, watermelon, cabbage and potatoes. Check out the photos on Facebook »
We are especially grateful to the volunteers and pantry staff who help us hand out food on these hot summer days.
We are also grateful to you – the donors – who provide the funds we need to be able to provide fresh produce to families in need!
Would you like to help provide more healthy food for our communities most vulnerable families. Donate now »
By Bethany Prange
Communications coordinator at the St. Louis Area Foodbank.