20th Anniversary of Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Nation’s Largest Single‐Day Food Drive Collected
70.2 Million Pounds of Food Last Year

(Tyler, Texas) May 4, 2012 – Help Stamp Out Hunger in East Texas. On Saturday, May 12th, the
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) in East Texas will collect food for the East Texas Food
Bank. Now in its 20th year, the annual food drive has grown from a regional to a national effort that
provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.
 
“Stamp Out Hunger is one of the easiest ways to help fight hunger in our community without even
leaving your home,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank. “The need
in East Texas has grown 90 percent over the last four years. We need your help! If you are able to
donate food please leave a sack of non‐perishable food by your mailbox to help feed our hungry
neighbors.”
 
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s
largest single‐day food drive benefitting Feeding America food banks across the United States. In
2011, generous Americans donated 70.2 million pounds of food, which marked the eighth
consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds were collected by letter carriers.
 
"Hunger is a major problem across the country. Families, children and seniors do not have enough
food to eat and this is our opportunity to help the East Texas Food Bank in their fight against hunger,"
said Gale Suggs, Tyler Letter Carrier.
 
“We’re incredibly excited for the 20th anniversary of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive,”said Fredric
V. Rolando, NALC president. “We’re asking people across the country for their support to make this
year’s drive the most successful in its 20 year history. It’s so easy to make a donation: simply leave a
bag of non‐perishable food by your mailbox to help neighbors in need. That’s all it takes.”
 
Nick Cannon, multi‐talented entertainer and member of the Feeding America Entertainment Council,
is the national spokesperson for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive for the second year in a row. The
drive particularly hits home for Cannon, who experienced hunger and visited food pantries as a child.
Cannon will promote the drive on television and radio, as well as in print and social media to
encourage even greater participation and donations.
 
The need for food assistance continues to exist in every community in America, no matter how rich or
poor. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual study measuring food security in the
United States, the number of Americans living in food insecure homes reached nearly 49 million in
2011 (the most recent year that such data is available).
 
Campbell Shows Its Support
Campbell Soup Company and its partners are producing post cards and shopping bags that will be
delivered to more than 90 million homes across the country as a reminder to participate in the drive.
In addition, Campbell will again support this year’s food collection effort by donating one million
pounds of food to Feeding America.
 
“Campbell is committed to the success of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, and we encourage
everyone to participate,” said Denise Morrison, Campbell’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It’s
unfortunate that millions of Americans, especially children, continue to go hungry in a country as
bountiful as ours. With the help and generosity of those who are able, we can provide crucial support
for people in need.”
 
Get Involved In Your Community
To participate in the 20th Stamp Out Hunger food drive, Americans are encouraged to leave a sturdy
bag containing non‐perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal
next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12. The nation’s
210,000 letter carriers, representing nearly 1,500 NALC branches, will collect these food donations as
they deliver the mail and take them to a local Feeding America food banks or hunger‐relief
organization in more than 10,000 communities. For more information about the annual Stamp Out
Hunger food drive, visitwww.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger,
and follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.
 
About the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
The National Association of Letter Carriers is the union of city delivery letter carriers working for the United
States Postal Service founded in 1889. Today, the NALC maintains its tradition as a vibrant union of over
300,000 members in all 50 states and other U.S. jurisdictions. For more information, visit
http://nalc.org/commun/foodrive/index.html.
 
About East Texas Food Bank
The East Texas Food Bank distributed over 18 million pounds of food each year to over 200 partner agencies in
26 East Texas counties. Our vision is for a hunger‐free East Texas and our mission is to reduce hunger by
providing food, support and education to those in need with passion and efficiency. Our purpose is to ensure
that no one in East Texas is forced to go without food. The East Texas Food Bank is a member of Feeding
America and the Texas Food Bank Network. To learn more, please visit www.EastTexasFoodBank.org. Find us
on Facebook at facebook.com/etfoodbank or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/etfoodbank .
 
About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low‐income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the
nation's leading domestic hunger‐relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million
Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more
than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more
information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit
http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on
Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

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