Community Food Bank of S. Arizona

Saturday, May 13, is the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive benefiting the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

This is the 25th year the food bank has teamed up with the National Association of Letter Carriers for the food drive, one of Southern Arizona’s largest single-day drives.

Residents can participate by leaving a bag of nonperishable food next to their mail boxes before delivery on May 13. Letter carriers will collect the food and volunteers will sort, pack and deliver the donations to the food bank’s main warehouse.

Last year, 255,000 pounds of food was raised, said Michael McDonald, CEO of the food bank, in a news release. “This year, our goal is to reach 300,000 pounds.”

Items needed include canned soups, meats, vegetables and fruit; peanut butter, cereal, pasta, beans and rice. Residents are asked not to donate anything in glass containers, items that will melt or perish in the heat or nonfood items such as soda or beverages.

The Community Food Bank also accepts monetary donations. Every $1 donated provides four meals for families in need.