Letter Carriers to Stamp Out Hunger with House of Hope on May 13.
Martin County residents have many ways to join in the nation’s largest single-day food drive, the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, which will be conducted Saturday, May 13, 2017. This food drive is a critical part of stocking House of Hope’s four Client Choice pantries, and is especially needed during the summer months, when children are not receiving school lunches and many workers have their hours cut back because of seasonal employment.
Historically, the drive provides about 60,000 pounds of food to House of Hope that is donated by local residents, collected by letter carriers and sorted by volunteers.
Participation includes volunteering to collect and sort food, becoming a sponsor, or simply donating a bag or two full of nonperishable food.
Everyone can participate by putting nonperishable food items in bags by their mailbox for their letter carrier to pick up on Saturday, May 13.
Recommended food items include tomato products (sauce, paste, whole, diced, etc.), canned fruit, dry pasta, boxed cereals and canned soups. The public is asked not to include items that have expired, require refrigeration or are in glass containers.
Volunteers are still needed to sort food. This will be at the Martin County Fairgrounds 4:30-7:30 p.m. May 13. Various volunteer shifts also are available. This will be at post offices in Hobe Sound, Palm City and Stuart. The job is to transfer food from postal vehicles to House of Hope bins.
For information about volunteering, please contact House of Hope manager of volunteers Lauren Mustelier at email@example.com or (772) 286-4673, ext. 1004.
Be a sponsor
Sponsors are needed to help offset costs that House of Hope incurs during the drive. This includes truck rentals, packing supplies and refreshments for volunteers.
Founded in 1984, House of Hope now touches the lives of about 6,000 people each month with services. This includes basic needs — food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance — and long-term case management that helps people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach.
For more information about House of Hope, call (772) 286-4673 or visit www.hohmartin.org