OPED: Help feed our hungry neighbors

William Lambers
Feeding America Blogger Council
Stamp out hunger takes place on Saturday, May 14.

What if we had the power to end hunger in America?  We could bring a source of stability and hope to every community.

On Saturday, May 14 we have this chance with The National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

You are asked to leave non-perishable food next to your mailbox. These would be items liked boxed cereals, rice, pasta and other foods that have a long shelf life.

Your letter carrier will pick up your food donations when he or she delivers your mail on May 14. So be sure to leave the donations out early in the day. The food will be taken to your local foodbank to distribute to needy families.

If you take photos of your donation you are asked to share on social media with the hashtag #StampOutHunger.

Hunger is a silent crisis in America. Mount St. Joseph University student Kelly Burger said, after volunteering at a pantry, that “Hunger is Everywhere!”  You may not always see it, but hunger exists even right in your own community.

Millions of Americans struggle to put food on the table. Children living with hunger cannot learn or grow. That affects us all.

Around one in seven Americans relies on the Feeding America network for help. Over half of those in need are forced to make tough choices like whether to pay for food or rent.

They need foodbanks to get through difficult times. This has become even more important because of cuts in food stamps (SNAP) by the government.

As summer arrives food donations tend to go down compared to the holidays. The National Food Drive of May 14 is critical for keeping emergency pantries stocked. In addition, when summer comes many children lose access to the free school lunch program.

Foodbanks are under more pressure to make up the difference. By giving food on May 14 we can relieve that pressure and make sure no one goes hungry this summer in America.

Ending hunger in America takes many steps, but the first is to make sure our emergency food bank system is fully stocked.

By taking part in the National Food Drive on May 14 you can contribute to this noble cause. All it takes is leaving your non-perishable food donation by your mailbox on Saturday May 14.

You can take action to end hunger in America.

— William Lambers is the author of "Ending World Hunger." He is a member of the Feeding America Blogger Council.