One in four Oklahoma children will wake up each morning and wonder if they'll go hungry that day. And the summer months are the worst, according to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. During summer, low-income parents have to provide breakfast and lunch for their children who ordinarily might have received these meals through their school's free and reduced-cost meal programs.
That's why the food bank relies so heavily on donations at this time of year. The food bank's biggest food drive of the year is Saturday and donating food is as easy as mailing a letter.
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is a national collaboration between Campbell Soup Company and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC).
This is the 20th year for the program that last year raised more than 1.5 million pounds of food in Oklahoma City alone.
Mail carriers will leave donation bags in mailboxes on their routes throughout the week. Residents and business owners are encouraged to fill the bags with nonperishable food items such as canned goods and to leave the bags next to their mailboxes on Saturday.
Mail carriers will collect the bags on their routes and bring them to post offices.
More than 500 food bank volunteers will sort the donations and take them to the Regional Food Bank and to its 100 partner agencies across the state.