Campbell Soup Company Teams Up With the National Association of Letter Carriers to Help Stamp Out Hunger
On Saturday, May 14, 2011, Campbell Soup Company(NYSE:CPB) will again join forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to Stamp Out Hunger across America, providing assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling to put food on their tables every day.
Now in its 19th year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, which is always held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation's largest single-day food drive. In 2010, drive organizers representing nearly 1,500 U.S. Post Office branches across the country, collected a record-setting total of 77.1 million pounds of food donations. This pushed the historical total for the drive to more than one billion pounds of food.
"We're incredibly proud of the success of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive over the years and recognize 'what a difference a day can make' for those in need," said Fredric V. Rolando, NALC president. "As letter carriers, we see people on our daily routes that rely on the generosity and assistance of others to help provide something as basic as a meal at a time of need. We're proud to have established a program that truly provides assistance in every community across the country."
Despite the generosity of millions of Americans who have supported the letter carriers' food drive in previous years, the need for food assistance has never been greater. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's annual study measuring food security in the United States, the number of Americans living in food insecure homes topped 50 million in 2009 (the most recent year that such data is available). Perhaps most alarming, of this total, approximately one in three people in America who is at hunger risk is a child (17.2 million).