SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — One out of every nine people in South Dakota are considered food insecure and with numbers like this, the National Association of Letter-carriers is sending out a call for help.
It’s the largest single-day food drive in the nation, and to get a big event like this going, all it needs is a little help from you.
The holidays may be far behind, but there’s still one person with a bag full of goodies looking to deliver items to those in need and that’s your local mail-carrier.
“I’m delivering my route and I’m also delivering HyVee bags to promote this Saturday’s food drive,” Coordinator for Stamp Out Hunger in Sioux Falls Eric Wicks said.
“Most of the food drives happen during the holiday season when people are thinking about giving back to communities, we’ve gone through all of that food now,” Marketing & Communications Coodinator for Feeding South Dakota Jennifer Stenaas said.
Feeding South Dakota’s local food pantry is just one of many around the U.S. in need of more food.
And the National Association of Letter-carriers is encouraging you to help deliver the goods.
“This week be looking for a postcard from the letter carrier announcing the drive this coming Saturday,” Stenaas said
With this, folks will also receive a HyVee grocery bag that they can fill up with non-perishable food items so they can leave them by their mailbox ready for pickup.
“There’s such a great need. Especially now, we’ve had some recent events, natural disasters, the government shut down and gave us a really clear illustration that sometimes financial security, when it comes to food in your house, can be very fleeting,” Eric Wicks said.
“Just make sure you have them out by 8 o’clock on Saturday morning and your letter carriers do all the rest; they’ll pick it up and bring it back to us here at Feeding South Dakota,” Stenaas said.
Sending out a small donation like this can deliver a great impact to those in need.
“People struggle with food insecurity. One in nine people actually, in South Dakota, don’t know where their next meal is going to come from. So the need is there, the need is great, and this is just a really simple way to connect the people who can help to the people who need help,” Wicks said.
Last year they were able to reach 75,000 pounds of food alone in Sioux Falls. This year, they’re hoping to reach 80,000.
To learn more about how you can help with the Stamp Out Hunger Drive, just check your mailbox.