LONG BEACH, Calif. – The 30th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is a nationwide collection of non-perishable food managed by the U.S. Postal Service. Food Drive delivers goods to public food banks and homeless shelters.
The Long Beach Rescue Mission is currently collecting canned food until the morning of May 14 to contribute to the discussion, and items can be left in the mission at any time.
The goods collected by the rescue mission will be sorted and packed for delivery to the post office as part of the annual food campaign, which takes place in the country on May 14.
Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has been in operation for the past 30 years and is the largest one-day food drive in the United States. Since its inception, the drive has raised more than a billion pounds of food for those who feel food security.
The food drive may not have worked for the past two years because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has created an even greater need for food donations as many Americans experience the economic consequences that the pandemic has brought. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2020, 13.8 Americans experienced a lack of food security.
Those wishing to take part in the action can hand over the goods to the Mission, donate directly to the local food bank or leave non-perishable food in their mailbox on May 14 to be captured by the letter.
The Long Beach Rescue Mission also accepts donations throughout the year and accepts items for many of its various programs. Currently, their most needed items to donate are double sheets, socks of all sizes and toiletries.
Different programs run by the Rescue Mission have different needs. Lydia’s house, where women and children live, asks to donate baby accessories such as diapers, napkins and baby clothes.
The training center needs donations of school supplies, and the House of Samaritans – men’s clothing. In addition to these needs, the Mission always needs canned food.
The Long Beach Rescue Mission provides its residents with resources and amenities for free, so donations are always valued as they contribute to service delivery.
Donations are accepted daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Samaritan House at 1335 Pacific Ave. Donations can also be brought to the Long Beach Rescue Mission store at 207 West Anaheim St. Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To learn more about the Long Beach Rescue Mission or to plan a Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive marathon, visit https://lbrm.org/ or by calling (562) 591-1292.