As we head to the summer months, food banks around Arizona are bracing for the most difficult time of the year.
The need for emergency food increases with the temperatures, especially for at-risk children as the breakfast and lunch programs they rely upon shut down along with school for the summer. This year’s cuts to SNAP benefits have put an added burden on families living at or below the poverty line and seniors on fixed incomes must choose between food and keeping their homes at a bearable temperature.
On behalf of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, I ask anyone who can to please support the 22nd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive on May 10. This is the largest single-day food drive in the United States and one St. Mary’s relies on to provide food and hope to the one in five Arizonans, and one in four children, who don’t know where their next meal will come from.
It’s very easy and convenient to help. Simply leave a bag of non-perishable (canned and packaged) food outside your mailbox on Saturday morning. Your letter carrier will do the rest, collecting the food during normal delivery rounds. Last year, 74 million pounds of food was collected nationwide and near 2 million pounds was collected in Arizona, staying right here for our neighbors in need.
You can make a great impact without leaving your driveway. And this year, more than ever, that food is sorely needed. Please help “Stamp Out Hunger” and leave your donation for your letter carrier on Saturday, May 10.
President and CEO
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance