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Second Saturday in May
Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
Led by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food the past 26 years.
Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved.
All food collected in the Menifee Valley will be given to the
Menifee Valley Community Cupboard.
USPS and Campbell Soup Company are major supporters. Campbell Soup earmarked an additional 1 million pounds of canned food to the drive. Other supporters are AARP, Feeding America, Publix, Valassis/Red Plum, Cox Target Media and Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, which promotes the drive on 40 million packets delivered to postal customers.
The drive also relies on the backing of the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the Feeding America food bank network, the United Way of America and its local United Ways, the AFL-CIO Community Services network, Uncle Bob's Self Storage and countless local sponsors.
To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted, and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for needy families.
With more than 50 million people facing hunger every day in America, including nearly 17 million children, this drive is one way you can help those in your own city or town who need help.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has received a number of accolades over the years, including two Presidential Certificates of Achievement.
May 12, 2019 - Our goal was to beat last year's collection. Thanks to so many Menifee neighbors we actually reached 2017's amount with over 21,330 pounds of non-perishable food collected!! It was amazing to see all the trucks arrive at the post office full of food and all the volunteers at the PO and at the Cupboard sorting the thousands and thousands of pounds.
May 11, 2018 - We had another successful event. With 40 volunteers helping throughout the day our community donated 10,200 pounds of non-perishable items.
May 13, 2017 - WOW!!! Our 25th annual was the most successful drive ever! 20,515 pounds of non-perishable food collected!! Thank you all who participated.
May 14, 2016 - This was a disappointing year for the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard collecting 4,650 pounds of non-perishable items. It's so easy to put a bag of food by your mailbox. Please don't forget about us next year.
May 2015 - The Menifee Valley Community Cupboard collected just under 7,200 pounds of non-perishable items. Maybe it was the rain the day before that stopped people from putting food by their mailboxes. A waterproof plastic bag protects your donation from the rain. Rain or shine, people still need to eat.
May 2014 - The Menifee Valley Community Cupboard collected just over 14,000 pounds of non-perishable items.