FORT MYERS, Fla. - Participating in the largest single-day food drive in the country is as easy as filling a bag with food and dropping it by your mailbox. The 20th Annual Stamp Out Hunger letter carrier food drive is Saturday, May 12th. The National Association of Letter Carriers collected 70.2 million pounds of food donations in 2011.
About 400,000 pounds were collected in Lee County and that food stays locally to help the Harry Chapin Food Bank and its partner agencies.
Food donated in Collier County is stored and distributed by Collier Harvest.
Donations in Charlotte County go to 14 various charities, including St. Vincent DePaul.
You should have received a plastic bag in your mailbox this week with the Stamp Out Hunger logo as a reminder. Take that bag (or any bag) and fill it with non-perishable food items. You can put soup, canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, cereal, and rice in the bag and then leave it by your mailbox on Saturday, May 12 for you letter carrier to pickup.
If you would like to help out in collecting or sorting the food, you can do so as well.
In Lee County, call 573-9638 to help collect and 334-7007 to help sort.
In Collier County, call 643-4716 to help collect and 455-3663 to help sort.
In Charlotte County, call 941-626-9683 to help collect and sort.
For more on the food drive itself, go to helpstampouthunger.com.