BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Letter carriers across the nation are not wanting to leave houses empty handed on Saturday--they want canned food.
Bakersfield residents can help stamp out hunger by participating in the 21st annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.
On Saturday, May 11, letter carriers across the country will collect non-perishable food donation from their customers.
Locally, the donations will assist the CAPK Food Bank to feed the estimated 10,000 families and individuals per month who visit one of 111 commodity distribution and food pantry sites located throughout Kern County.
To participate, just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 11, and your letter carrier will pick it up. Neighborhoods with community mailboxes are encouraged to do the same.
Currently, 50 million Americans—1 in 6—are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Children in these households feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. And nearly 3 million seniors over age 65 must deal with hunger, as well with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.
According to the Food Research and Action Center, Bakersfield ranks number one amongst the nation’s metropolitan statistical areas for food hardship.
Last year, over 70 million pounds of food was collected, feeding an estimated 30 million people. Over the course of its 20-year history, the drive has collected more than a billion pounds of food, thanks to their universal delivery network that spans the entire nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.