Saturday, May 11th marks the 21st anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving — the National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive. Residents are urged to leave a bag of non-perishable foods next to their mailbox this Saturday, and the local letter carriers will pick it up. All the food collected on Hilton Head will then go to Deep Well and Second Helpings, for distribution to the hungry, which is part of those organizations’ ongoing efforts. In Savannah, donations go to Second Harvest.
The need for donation is great this year, too. And the timing is perfect, because it’s a time of year when local food pantries start to run bare. Yet heading into summer is a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are no longer available for children, placing an even greater burden on households with children. Of course, there are also thousands of seniors who deal with hunger year round.