Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is again encouraging everyone in our community to join this year's National Association of Letter Carrier's (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger food drive. On Saturday, May 12th, letter carriers in our communities will continue their tradition of collecting food during their normal route to help restock community food banks, pantries and shelters.
This effort, which is now in its 20th year, is aimed at helping the many local families who rely on this assistance throughout the summer and is part of what is now the largest one-day food collection in the nation to provide for those in our community who are in need.
In an effort to make it more convenient for residents to donate to this cause, Senator Flanagan will be collecting donations at his office in Smithtown from now until the end of business on Friday, May 11th. Anyone wishing to donate to the food drive can visit his office at 260 Middle Country Road in Smithtown during normal business hours.
According to the NALC, those wishing to participate should donate non-perishable items such as canned meat and fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice. The NALC asks residents to avoid donating any items that have expired or those in glass containers.
For residents who decide to make their donation from their home, items will be collected during normal mail routes. All donations should be placed by the mailbox or the front door to allow for easy pickup.
While most post offices are participating in the program, residents are urged to check with their personal mail carrier. Residents can also visit www.helpstampouthunger.com or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stampouthunger for more information on this program.