Arizona mail carriers aim to stamp out hunger with your help

Arizona mail carriers aim to stamp out hunger with your help
Posted at 6:32 PM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 10:03:40-04

On Saturday, letter carriers around the country, including 5,000 right here in the Valley will be picking up canned food donations on their regular mail routes.

The "Stamp out Hunger" Food Drive is a tradition that started right here in the Phoenix area.  

In 1976, letter carriers in Phoenix and Glendale began picking up food donations and delivering them to St. Mary's Food Bank. That small effort turned into a national effort that has collected more than a billion pounds of food over the last 24 years.

How can you help this year's Food Drive? Just leave nonperishable food items by your mailbox on Saturday morning. Your letter carrier will do the rest.

One in five Arizonans, and one in four children, deal with hunger issues. So every donation you can make counts.

During the summer months, donations to Arizona food banks start to dwindle, so they rely on "Stamp Out Hunger" to continue their efforts.

Canned fruits and vegetables, soups, pasta, peanut butter, tuna, rice, and cereal are always in high demand. As are meals in a can.

For more information on the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, visit