Martin County residents to help Stamp Out Hunger May 12

Martin County residents to help Stamp Out Hunger May 12

MARTIN COUNTY- Local residents are urged to join in the nation’s largest single-day food drive, Stamp Out Hunger, which will be conducted Saturday, May 12, 2018. Stamp Out Hunger is organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers, and House of Hope is the primary recipient of the food collected in Martin County.

The public is encouraged to participate by putting nonperishable food items in bags by their mailbox for their letter carrier to pick up May 12. Recommended food items include tomato products (sauce, paste, whole, diced, etc.), canned fruit, dry pasta, boxed or bagged cereals, peanut butter & jelly, and canned meats.

The drive typically provides over 60,000 pounds of food to House of Hope that is donated by local residents, collected by letter carriers and sorted by volunteers. The community’s support for Stamp Out Hunger comes at a critical time for stocking House of Hope’s Client Choice pantries, as a spike in need typically occurs during summer months when children are not receiving school lunches and many workers have their hours cut back because of seasonal employment.

According to House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri, “The latest reports tell us that there are 17,704 Martin County residents living below the poverty line and an additional 19,600 that are “food insecure”. Every bag left for your postal carrier to pick up creates a significant local impact by helping House of Hope to provide these individuals and families with adequate nutrition.”

Joining in the thousands of generous participants involved nationwide May 12, hundreds of local volunteers have registered to lend part of their Saturday to help collect, transport, sort and organize the anticipated tens of thousands of pounds of donated food. Community-minded sponsors have stepped up to help support House of Hope’s important day including: Hooks Construction, Brooklyn Joe’s Pizza, Waste Management, Cassidy’s Ice, Circular Recycling, Impact Designs, Crary Buchanan Attorneys at Law, and the Martin County Fairgrounds.

For more information about how the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger food drive impacts Martin County residents striving to overcome hunger and hardship, visit or call (772)286-4673 x 1004.

About House of Hope

Founded in 1984, House of Hope touches the lives of about 6,000 people per month with services that include basic needs — food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance — and long-term case management that help people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach. House of Hope recently opened the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart offering the community free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health and overall well-being.

For more information about House of Hope, visit or call (772) 286-4673.

About the National Association of Letter Carriers

The 280,000-member National Association of Letter Carriers represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country’s oldest labor unions. The Letter Carriers’ food drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. It remains as important as ever, with many people facing economic struggles. Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans. For more information, visit

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