Letter carriers across the country will be on the receiving end of some special deliveries on Saturday during the nationwide "Stamp Out Hunger" campaign, America’s largest single-day food drive.
On Saturday, more than1,500 National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) branches from each state will have more than 230,000 letter carriers collect non-perishable goods from people’s mailboxes, according to the NALC. The program is being run in more than 10,000 cities and towns, including in East Brunswick, with carriers from Milltown and East Brunswick helping out and donating food to the Broken Loaves Ministry at Calvary Chapel in Old Bridge.
The NALC said Campbell’s, a long supporter of the drive, will donate one pound of food (up to one million pounds) to Feeding America for every person who joins the Stamp Out Hunger Facebook community. People can also join Stamp Out Hunger on Twitter to follow the national collection online as food is gathered this Saturday.
According to the Agriculture Department's most recent study of food security in the United States in 2009, the number of Americans living in so-called 'food insecure' homes topped 50 million. Of those, 17.2 million are children, according to the NALC.
All donations should be left in bags by the mailbox on Saturday and carriers will collect the food during their normal delivery time, according to Post Masters in East Brunswick and Milltown. In addition, residents can bring donations to the lobby of the East Brunswick Post Office on Cranbury Road, or leave them in a trailer behind the Milltown Post Office on Washington Avenue in Milltown.