HONOLULU – More than 175,000 mail carriers across the nation will lead the Postal Service’s effort to “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting food donations throughout Hawaii and in cities and towns across the country on Saturday during the 23rd annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.
The drive is the nation’s largest one-day effort to combat hunger and is held to support the mission of community food banks such as the Hawaii Foodbank. Last year, more than 10,000 pounds of food was collected on Kauai; the Kapaa Post Office led the way on the Garden Isle with 4,185 pounds of food collected. Statewide, Hawaii carriers collected more than 538,000 pounds — 269 tons — of food. Nationwide, almost 73 million pounds of food were collected last year; more than 1.3 billion pounds of food has been collected during the campaign’s first 22 years.
Residents are urged to place non-perishable food items next to their mailbox for pickup on Saturday before their usual mail pickup time. The mail carriers will then transport the donations back to their post offices, where postal employees and their families will sort the food and deliver it to their nearest community food banks. Post offices without residential delivery will be collecting items during the week leading up to May 9.