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Farm Share announced as official Florida partner for National Association of letter carriers’ 26th a

DATELINE – On Saturday, May 12, 2018, residents throughout the United States will have the opportunity to partner for the same cause: to . Participants in all 50 states including District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam can partake in the nation’s largest, one-day-only food drive to help feed America’s most food insecure residents simply by leaving canned goods and non-perishable food outside their doors.

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is excited to announce as its official Florida food nonprofit partner for the 2018 food drive. The 27-year-old nonprofit serves the entire state of Florida. Based in Homestead with operations in Jacksonville, Quincy, Pompano Beach and Florida City, Farm Share has been selected as Florida’s Stamp Out Hunger coordinating nonprofit organization.

Stamp Out Hunger, which started as a project, dates back to 1991 as a result of mail carriers desiring to alleviate the food needs of families they encountered first-hand during their daily routes. For 26 years, the NALC has teamed up with nonprofits and Americans nationwide to help the more than 50 million people in the country who suffer from hunger.

“The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive provides residents with an easy way to make an impact in their towns. Farm Share is honored to assist with the collection and distribution of the donations as it is our goal to fight hunger and provide our communities with nutritious food,” said Stephen Shelley, Chief Operating Officer of Farm Share.

With the help of volunteers, letter carriers will gather all donations left by residents on Saturday, May 12. Working with its 2,000 agency partners throughout the state, local nonprofits will assist Farm Share in giving the food to families in need. Farm Share is known to work hand-in-hand with Florida farmers to retrieve imperfect, yet perfectly good produce that would otherwise be thrown away due to aesthetic imperfections, and distributes it back into Florida communities. Last year alone, Farm Share delivered 51,893,761 pounds of fresh food to more than 10.5 million households.

During last year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive, 70 million pounds of food were collected, adding to the astonishing 1.4 billion pounds that have been collected during the past 25 years. Florida is ranked the no. 1 state for cans collected over the last decade.

“We are thrilled to welcome Farm Share as our official Florida partner for the 2018 Stamp Out Hunger food drive,” said Al Friedman, State President of Florida for the National Association of Letter Carriers. “It is an honor to partner with a longstanding organization that is committed to ending hunger year-round in the state of Florida, and hope is that this year’s drive will be our largest, most impactful yet.”

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