Saturday May 8th STAMP OUT HUNGER

On Saturday, May 8th, 2010, Post offices across the United States will be collecting food items and deliver them to local food banks to help millions of Americans, including an estimated 49.1 million Americans who are at risk of hunger.  Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest one-day food drive!

It’s Easy to Help!

All you need to do is just put out a couple non-perishable food items by your mailbox on May 8th and either your carrier or a volunteer will pick it up and deliver it to food banks. To Learn more go to helpstampouthunger.com
Don’t Forget to Help Stamp out Hunger on Facebook too…

Become a fan of Stamp out Hunger and Campbell’s will make 1* can of soup donation to Feeding America! (*Up to 1 million cans of soup)

The program which began in 1993 has helped donate over one billion pounds of food to hungry families. For more information on the “Stamp Out Hunger” effort in your community, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office or visit http://www.helpstampouthunger.com/. You can also follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger or text STAMP3 to 30305* to sign up for mobile reminders.

About Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup, baked snacks, and healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of market-leading brands, including “Campbell’s,” “Pepperidge Farm,” “Arnott’s,” and “V8.” For more information on the company, visit Campbell’s website at http://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 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. Feeding America is based in Chicago. 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 www.facebook.com/Feeding America  or follow our news on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Feedingamerica.


About the National Association of Letter Carriers
The National Association of Letter Carrier union is the collective bargaining representative for all city delivery letter carriers of the U.S. Postal Service throughout the United States, with 295,000 active and retired members. It is an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor, Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).


About the United States Postal Service
A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 150 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no direct support from taxpayers. With 36,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, the Postal Service relies on the sale of postage, products and services to pay for operating expenses. Named the Most Trusted Government Agency five consecutive years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $68 billion and delivers nearly half the world’s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 28th in the 2009 Fortune 500.

Drink to Help Haitian Mango Farmers

Drink Haiti Hope and Give Haiti Hope.

Purchase a bottle of Odwalla Haiti Hope Mango Lime-Aid and 100% of profits go directly to the Haiti Hope Project.
The Haiti Hope Project

In the wake of Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake, TechnoServe is partnering with The Coca-Cola Company on the Haiti Hope Project, whose objective is to create a sustainable Haitian mango industry and play a role in the island nation’s long-term recovery efforts. TechnoServe will help Haitian mango farmers grow their crops more efficiently, produce additional crops to boost their incomes and create businesses allowing them to access markets sustainably. One hundred percent of the profit from the Odwalla Haiti Hope Mango Lime-Aid will go to the project. The Coca-Cola Company has committed $3.5 million to the Haiti Hope Project. The Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund has made the Haiti Hope Project eligible for $3 million in funding, and expects to soon obtain its board’s approval of the grant. The efforts of TechnoServe, The Coca-Cola Company and other donors and partners will help Haitian communities rebuild and create a better future.
To Learn more about raising a bottle to a more fruitful future for Haiti, visit Facebook.com/Odwalla.

Day 21 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: CELL PHONES FOR CHARITY

Most of us get a snazzy new phone just by renewing our cell phone contract every couple of years. But we also throw out almost 130 million cell phones each year! Discarded cell phones account for nearly 65,000 tons of toxic waste annually.

Next time, don’t toss your old phone—Not only is it bad for Mother Earth, but that phone still has life in it.  Give it a second chance.

Call Forwarding
The Wireless Foundation’s Call to Protect program (calltoprotect.org) reprograms old phones with emergency numbers and shelter information and distributes them to women at risk of domestic violence. You can drop off your old phone at any Body Shop or visit the group’s website for other drop-off locations.

PetSmart’s Recycle for Life (petsmartcharities.org/donate) accepts cell-phone donations to raise money for homeless animals.
Cell Phones for Soldiers (cellphonesforsoldiers.com), the brainchild of two Massachusetts teenagers, collects used cell phones, sells them for parts, and uses the money to buy phone-card minutes for soldiers overseas. A program that started with $21, Cell Phones for Soldiers is now collecting nearly fifty thousand cell phones a month.
HopeLine, which was started by Verizon Wireless in 1995, collects donated phones to refurbish. They go to victims of domestic violence through agencies or are sold to raise money for these groups. The ones that can’t be salvaged are disposed of in an eco-friendly manner.

As you can see, there are a lot of groups out there that you can work with, to make a difference in the lives of others. Whatever organization you choose to help, you can be sure that your old cellular phones are put to good use. It’s easy and you know that it’s the right thing to do.
Tip: Make sure the collection company has a “no landfill” policy so you know your phone won’t simply end up trashed. Also consider buying a refurbished phone instead of a new one when upgrading.