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Help Stamp Out Hunger

May 10, 2011

On Saturday, May 14, Campbell Soup Company will join forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to Stamp Out Hunger and provide assistance to San Antonio families struggling to put food on their tables every day. This year letter carriers representing nearly 1,500 local branches of the postal union will collect food donations along their postal routes. These donations will be used to replenish food banks and pantries in more than 10,000 communities.

Grocery bags will be delivered to all households in San Antonio in the days prior to May 14. The bags were made possible by donations from The USAA Foundation, Tesoro and H-E-B. We’re asking residents to fill the bags with non-perishable food items and leave them by the mailbox on the morning of May 14 before their letter carrier stops to deliver the mail. Letter carriers will collect the donations and take them to the San Antonio Food Bank.

When school is out, low-income children lose their access to regular daily school lunches and breakfasts. According to USDA’s FY2010 Report, in Texas 2,388,150 kids received free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program in 2010. Only 162,636 participated in the Summer Food Service Program – 6.8%. School meals typically provide at least one-third and one-fourth, respectively, of the nutrients that a child needs during the school year. Because families can’t meet this need, food banks report increases in requests for emergency food during the summer. The Stamp Out Hunger food drive will help us stock the shelves at the Food Bank to prepare for the increased need.

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