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.

Day 20 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: FACEBOOK VIRTUAL PHILANTHROPY

Social networking just became socially conscious.

Facebook is an amazing social media phenomenon.  There’s so much going on and there’s something for everyone in this incredibly dynamic and rich social media environment – including opportunities for virtual philanthropy (that won’t cost you a single cent!).

Non-profit organizations and caring companies are using Facebook to launch a social-networking-based fundraising drive for their causes – that require participation of merely minutes (sometimes, seconds).  If you’re on Facebook, I urge you to check these virtual giving options out. You don’t have to make a big commitment, and you only have to put in extra time if you choose!

1.  PASS A GALLON:  Go to Facebook.com/milkmustache and for every “virtual” gallon of milk passed, $1 will go to Feeding America to help families get the nutrients they need.

2.  RECRUIT YOUR FRIENDS: The Breast Cancer Awareness Facebook Page, encourages you to invite friends to join in the fight against breast cancer. For every friend invited through the Pink Ribbon application, you’re helping to raise awareness about the cause. There are so many ways to help, and I can discover new things on their Facebook Page everyday including shopping for gifts, where the proceeds benefit the cause.

3. SEND A VIRTUAL GIFT:  If you’re a Facebook member, then you know about those silly $1 cartoon gifts you can send to your friends: pictures of a heart, a balloon, a puppy face, a political button, and so on. Each month, Facebook members spend millions of real dollars on these virtual gifts. Now Facebook (Facebook.com) and Changing the Present (changingthepresent.org) have developed a socially conscious way
to send those gifts. With more than a thousand nonprofits to choose from, your dollar goes to help feed the hungry, stop child labor, or provide schoolbooks. When you send the gift, the recipient receives a picture representing your cause: a hot dog for a donation to a charity focusing on child hunger, a flower for preserving the rainforest, or a pink ribbon to show you support breast cancer research.

Using Facebook, you can start your own cause, or choose to support any of the thousands that have been created by groups like PETA, the Save Darfur Coalition, and the Alliance for Climate Change!

Click to Fill some Grateful Platefuls

Food, home, family, friends – these are all things that we find ourselves thankful for this time of year – especially this year. In fact 43 percent of Americans are feeling more grateful than they were at this time last year, according to a recent nationwide survey commissioned by the Chinet® brand to support its Grateful Platefuls initiative to benefit Feeding America®. The survey also found that feelings of gratitude inspired giving.

I encourage you to check out http://www.facebook.com/mychinet – an online initiative where visitors can share what they’re grateful for. When they do, they’ll help activate a $100,000 donation (700,000 meals) from the Chinet brand to Feeding America. Take a look at this video of Marcia Cross, launching the Grateful Platefuls program, where she discusses the program to benefit Feeding America. You can view the video by clicking here.