On May 13, United States Postal Service employees will collect food statewide to help Iron County Care and Share as part of the National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Iron County Care and Share asks local residents to help by filling the reminder bag with non-perishable food donations and leaving the bag near a mailbox by 9 a.m. May 13. USPS employees will collect and deliver food donations to Iron County Care and Share and Utah Food Bank’s statewide network of 141 partner agencies.
Donated food should be commercially packaged, non-perishable items with an emphasis on items that are low in sodium, sugar, and corn syrup. Food items that are needed the most include peanut butter, cereal, rice, beans, chili, canned stews, canned soups, full meals, and pop-top food items.
In Utah and across the nation, this food drive has emerged as one of the largest single-day food drives, resulting in more than 70 million pounds of food nationally last year.
“The donations received as a result of this food drive come at a crucial time as school gets out and many kids are left without access to school meal programs, placing additional strain on already tight family budgets,” said Peggy Green, executive director of Iron County Care and Share. “Community support of this effort will truly make a difference in the lives of the 1 in 5 Utah kids at risk of missing a meal today.”
All donations will be distributed to food pantries in the community where the donation is made. Alternatively, donations can be dropped off at Iron County Care and Share between Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.