Help Feeding America San Diego Stamp Out Hunger During The Nation's Largest Single-Day Food Drive On Saturday, May 9

April 30, 2015

Feeding America San Diego is asking for San Diego County’s support on Saturday, May 9, as it joins America’s letter carriers and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Hosted each year by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single-day food drive in the country and participating is so very easy. The event helps to support local food banks and the one in six Americans who struggle with hunger.

San Diego County residents can support community members struggling with hunger by simply collecting non-perishable food items and leaving them in a sturdy bag near their mailboxes on May 9. A letter carrier will collect the donations and deliver them to local food banks and pantries, including Feeding America San Diego and the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Items will then be distributed to those facing hunger right here in San Diego County.

“Stamp Out Hunger is like no other food drive. It allows every community across the country to collectively come together on one day to do their part to fight hunger. We are so grateful to community members who donate non-perishable items and for the letter carriers who take the time to collect each bag to help fight hunger in San Diego,” said Karen Haren, interim executive director of Feeding America San Diego.

According to Feeding America’s recently released Map the Meal Gap 2015 study, 435,560 people in San Diego County are food insecure. 1 in 7 individuals face food insecurity, including 1 in 5 children. Stamp Out Hunger is the opportune time for the public to support neighbors who struggle with hunger.

"Hunger affects every community in the country,” said Fredric Rolando, National Association of Letter Carriers president. “At least six days a week, our letter carriers are a local touch point in communities everywhere and we are thrilled to be able to support our neighbors in need though the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.”

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was created in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers to encourage communities to come together in an effort to stock the shelves of food banks and pantries nationwide. The event is held on the second Saturday of May each year in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Last year, letter carriers collected over 70 million pounds of food donations to be donated to their local food bank and pantries.

Established in 2007, Feeding America San Diego is San Diego’s largest hunger-relief organization, distributing 25 million pounds of food within the last year, and the only Feeding America affiliate in the county. FASD works closely with over 150 partner agencies, local school districts, corporate partners and a network of volunteers to serve 59,000 children, families and seniors in need each week. Devoted to feeding the hungry, advocacy, and education, FASD is committed to building a hunger-free and healthy San Diego through innovative programs and collaborative partnerships. To learn more or to make a donation, visit