Join EFAA for the NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive!

in Food Bank, Participants

The 32nd annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday, May 11, 2024. This is the country’s largest single-day food drive and it’s so easy to participate! Households place non-perishable food donations in a bag by their mailbox and their mail carrier will deliver all the donations to a local food bank; for Boulder the food bank is EFAA.

The NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is invaluable to the EFAA Food Bank

In 2023, The NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive brought in over 19,000 pounds of non-perishable food donations to the EFAA food bank. That is equivalent to 15,833 meals and is valued at $36,900. This food drive alone represents 30% of the food EFAA receives from all food drives throughout the year – 6X more food than our next largest food drive.

Why your participation matters

Food insecurity is a real issue in our community and demand at EFAA’s food bank is higher than ever before, with 600 families visiting the food bank each week. Last year, EFAA distributed more than 1.5 million pounds of food worth over $2.9 million. The demand for food continues to climb.

Summer months can be the hardest

About 1 in 5 public school students in Bouder Valley are eligible for free or reduced lunch, so when schools close for the summer, many children lack reliable daily meals. Additionally, the majority of food drives happen in the fall and winter months, leaving food banks with fewer resources available to distribute during the summer, when school is out.  The NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive donations come at a crucial time, just before school is out, supporting EFAA’s efforts to provide free and nutritious food to families and individuals.

Mark your calendars to participate in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive:

  1. Check your mail: If your letter carrier is participating in the food drive, they should have left a postcard and/or plastic bag in your mailbox.
  2. Gather Food: Check to see if you have canned goods to donate. Some of our food bank’s greatest needs are canned beans, soups, canned fruit, dried chilis, masa, cooking oil, vegan and gluten-free snacks, as well as personal care items such as unopened/unused shampoo, toothbrushes, and toilet paper. Items must not be more than one year past the expiration date.
  3. Leave the food/items by your mailbox. Make sure your bag containing non-perishable food and/or personal care items is next to your mailbox before 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 11th. Your letter carrier will take care of the rest.

It’s That Easy! We hope you’ll participate and help EFAA Stamp Out Hunger with the NALC!