This is again the weekend that the United States Postal Service does it's huge national Food Drive. Many of you (americans) will have received a plastic bag in your mailbox from the USPS.
This is the largest one day food drive in the Nation. I tried to find out exactly why the Post Office decided to be involved in collecting food. The Post office is involved in a variety of charitable efforts, but most relate to things postal, like answering letters from Santa. The PO also has a program to look for and locate missing children, which while not mail related, does make sense, given the amount of time that mail carriers are in neighborhoods and observe things. But Food? Well, I think it is a great thing that they are involved, even if I am not exactly sure why they are involved.
This drive in May is very important to help food banks stay "in business" over the summer. Kids who normally get lunch and often breakfast now via subsidized Government programs may not be in school over the summer. Their parents may have trouble covering the need. In addition, the last Big food drive for most communities was in December for the holidays, and that was almost 6 months ago. So many food banks are experiencing bare shelves.
I really support this Food Drive and well as the big one the Boy Scouts do because it makes it really really easy to contribute. At other times during the year if there isn't a bin in the grocery store, a person would have to make a special trip over to the food bank, which is more than most are willing to do!
THe Government has provided us with some great Statistics on hunger and lack of food, you can click on the link to see where your state ranks. Mississippi is Number one.
I encourage you to fill a bag, and if you didnt get a bag I encourage you to call your post office and find out why!
Good Products to donate:
Box dinner mixes
spaghettios (eeew I know, but, many kids are hungry, and a few spaghettios won't kill them)
Diabetic food items (sugar free)
My personal favorites to put in the bag:
Coffee (I would hate to give it up.)
box mix for brownies, muffins, something sweet and a treat
sugar free pudding mixes.
Note: I didn't put canned green beans on this list.
Have a great hunger free weekend!!!!!