|Letter carriers team with REFB again to ‘Stamp Out Hunger’
The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) – the region’s leader in hunger relief – will again partner with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) for their 21st annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive on Saturday, May 10. This national effort is the largest annual one-day food collection drive in the United States and the largest single food drive in Sonoma County.
To participate, residents are asked to place a bag of non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, pasta, rice, canned goods and low-sugar cereal by their mailbox before mail is delivered on Saturday, May 10. Donations can also be made at local post offices during normal business hours. Letter carriers will collect the food items and deliver them to the REFB in Santa Rosa.
“I look forward to our food drive every year because it provides an easy way to give back to my own community, where I often see the need first hand,” said Linda James, the NALC Food Drive Coordinator for NALC Branch #183. “All of the food that is collected locally stays local, and that helps the food bank make it through the summer months.”
This year, more than 400 letter carriers of Branch #183, who cover Sonoma County, northern Napa County and portions of Lake County, will be promoting the event and picking up food donations left for them on May 10.
David Goodman, Executive Director of the REFB, urges local residents to participate.
“A bag of canned food, soups, pasta and other products may seem like a small donation, but it is huge for individuals and families who do not make enough money to adequately feed themselves and their kids,” he said.