(OKLAHOMA CITY) – April 14, 2022 – On May 14, letter carriers in Payne County will collect nonperishable food donations from homes on their routes as part of the 30th National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The drive returns after a two-year hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oklahoma residents will receive plastic donation bags in their mailbox the week of May 9. On May 14, residents are encouraged to fill the bag, or any plastic bag, with nonperishable food and leave it by their mailbox before their letter carrier arrives.
“The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the single largest food drive each year for the Regional Food Bank and we felt its absence over the past two years,” said Stacy Dykstra, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “We are ecstatic to be once again working with our partners at the NALC and U.S. Postal Service to provide food to Oklahomans living with hunger.”
Donations collected in Payne County will stay local and benefit the following Regional Food Bank partners:
Central Oklahoma Adult and Teen Challenge, Cushing Community Food Pantry, First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater, Glencoe United Methodist Church Food Pantry, Mehan Union Church, Neighborhood Ministry, Mission of Hope and Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services, Our Daily Bread Food & Resource Center, The Salvation Army of Stillwater and Yale First Assembly of God.
All nonperishable items are welcomed. Recommended items include peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, canned fruits, pasta and canned sauce, soup and stew. Healthy food options are also needed, such as items with low sodium and whole grains.
Financial donations are also accepted. Text “Food” to 501-501 to make a $10 donation. Every $1 donated helps to provide four meals to Oklahomans living with hunger.
Since 1992, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has raised nearly 12 million pounds of food and $9.9 million dollars to fight hunger in Oklahoma.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food drive is sponsored by American Fidelity, The Journal Record, The Oklahoman, KMGL Magic 104.1 FM, Lamar Outdoor and News 9.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is leading the fight against hunger in 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma and envisions a state where no one goes hungry. Founded in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the state’s largest domestic hunger-relief 501(c)(3) nonprofit that distributes food through a network of community- based partner agencies and schools. The majority of people served by the Regional Food Bank are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes and hardworking families struggling to make ends meet. The Regional Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks. To join the fight to end hunger, visit rfbo.org.