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5/6/2013 - Campbell's Soup Company and NH Letter Carriers Celebrate 21st Year of Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Manchester, NH [May 6, 2013] - On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Campbell Soup Company will join forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to help Stamp Out Hunger in New Hampshire. Now in its 21st year, the annual food drive has grown from a regional to a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive benefitting Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. In 2012, generous Granite Staters donated over 104,000 pounds of food. 

“We are continually grateful for the tremendous support of the letter carriers and the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive,” said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “This is one of the largest drives we and our partners rely on to replenish our shelves for the upcoming summer months, and get food to those in need.  The event takes a lot of pressure off the food bank and our partners and gives local donors the opportunity to have immediate local impact.”

The need for food assistance continues to exist in every community in New Hampshire, no matter how rich or poor. Over 143,000 residents of New Hampshire are food insecure – 40,400 of them are children ages 18 and under.

Campbell Soup Company and its partners are producing post cards and shopping bags that will be delivered to more than 75 million homes across the country as a reminder to participate in the drive. In addition, Campbell will again support this year’s food collection effort by donating one million pounds of food to Feeding America member food banks.

“Campbell is committed to the success of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive and we encourage everyone to participate,” said Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company’s president and chief executive officer. “It is a sad reality that millions of Americans, especially our children, continue to face hunger in a country as bountiful as ours. We believe that, with the help and generosity of those who are able, we can provide much needed support for our community members in need.”

To participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive in New Hampshire, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable food items, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 11. New Hampshire’s letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to hunger relief agencies statewide, including the New Hampshire Food Bank. 

Feeding America provides food assistance to 37 million Americans every year. According to Feeding America, one in eight Americans relies on the organization for food and groceries, and the organization distributes nearly 3.4 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually, including more than 800 million pounds of fresh produce.
For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive in New Hampshire, visit www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.
 
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About Campbell Soup Company 
Campbell Soup Company is a manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup and sauces, baked snacks and healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of market-leading brands, including "Campbell's," "Pepperidge Farm," "Arnott's," "V8" and “Bolthouse Farms.” Through its corporate social responsibility program, the company strives to make a positive impact in the workplace, in the marketplace and in the communities in which it operates. Campbell is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. For more information, visit www.campbellsoup.com. 

About Feeding America 
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

About the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
The National Association of Letter Carriers is the union of city delivery letter carriers working for the United States Postal Service founded in 1889. Today, the NALC maintains its tradition as a vibrant union of over 300,000 members in all 50 states and other U.S. jurisdictions. For more information, visit http://nalc.org/commun/foodrive/index.html. 

About the New Hampshire Food Bank
The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities, has been working to relieve hunger in the Granite State since 1984.  As the state’s only food bank, the New Hampshire Food Bank efficiently procures and distributes nearly 8.5 million pounds of food to needy people through more than 400 non-profit partner agencies. Agencies include food pantries, neighborhood centers, low-income housing sites, senior nutrition centers, family crisis centers, hospices, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after school programs, and day care centers.  For more information about the New Hampshire Food Bank, please visit www.nhfoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nhfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nhfb. 
 

Contact Information

Nancy Mellitt, New Hampshire Food Bank, nmellitt@nhfoodbank.org 



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