MOUNT VERNON — The United Way of Knox County, the National Association of letter Carriers, Interchurch Social Services and The Salvation Army are encouraging all area residents to participate in the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” event.
Stamp Out Hunger is a nationwide collaboration between the NALC, United States Post Office, AFL-CIO, United Way, National Rural Letter Carrier’s Association, Valpak, Campbell’s, AARP, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage and Feeding America, creating the largest single day of food collection in the United States. Local Postal Service employees are looking forward to making this fourth year the most successful year for Stamp Out Hunger yet, and on Saturday, residents can make a difference.
Sixteen percent of all Americans are at risk of hunger—uncertain where their next meal may be coming from. That includes 1 in 5 children under the age of 18, plus 4 million seniors who are forced every day to choose between paying a utility bill and buying food. Though it may not always be apparent, friends and neighbors in Knox County are in need, too. According to Interchurch, more than 24,000 individuals used their food pantries in 2011. Likewise, The Salvation Army is experiencing lower than normal levels in their supplies, resulting in a need for substantial family food products, such as pasta, stews, cereals and canned meats.
Donations of non-perishable foods will be collected at local United States Post Offices. Knox County residents are also encouraged to leave a bag of non-perishable foods by their mailbox prior to collection on Saturday, and a local letter carrier will ensure pick-up and delivery. Additionally, cash or check donations are always accepted, and checks can be made out to either The Salvation Army of Mount Vernon or Interchurch Social Services. These foodbanks purchase food at a discounted rate, making donations go further toward helping feed Knox County.
Published on May 7, 2012