Some Frequently Asked Questions about the '"Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive:

When do I put out the food? On the second Saturday of May, just set out your non-perishable food well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. Note that he or she will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual.

What do you mean by “non-perishable food?” The top requested non-perishable food items are: cereal, pasta, pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals (such as soups, chili and pasta), 100% juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein (tuna, chicken and turkey), beans (canned or dry).

Is there anything I shouldn’t donate? Please do not donate frozen food, homemade food or home-canned items, or food in glass jars. In keeping with good food-handling and food-safety procedures, food that is opened, damaged, out of code or does not have the official ingredients included will be discarded by the food bank in the sorting process.

Do I need to use a special bag? No! No special bags are needed. Paper is sturdy and tends to hold more food, while plastic holds up better if it gets wet (in the rain, etc.). Cloth bags or boxes are also fine. So it’s your choice. And most bags and boxes can be easily recycled. Letter Carriers will take anything you leave out!

Does my food donation stay local?  Yes—all food stays in your local community. It’s not shipped off to some regional distribution center hundreds of miles away. If you want to know where yours is going, call your local post office and ask to speak to your local food drive person. 
Events, Food & Fund Drives 
Hosting a Fund and Food Drive has become a great way for our community to impact our mission to feed individuals and families in need across Alabama! Every grocery item donated helps. Every dollar donated provides an additional 6 ½ pounds of assistance directly to those who are struggling to put food on the table.

Communities, businesses, clubs, schools and individuals continually display their pride in ownership, and empathy for the MAFB mission by hosting countless Fund and Food Drives on our behalf…many of which we are unaware of until the proceeds are delivered.
There are more than a few Food & Fund Drives which have become annual events.  Considering how many and how widely these events differ, Independent Food & Fund Raisers are viewed by our communities as a fun, social way to volunteer individual time and talents to a truly worthy mission.  That said, the food drives that take our hearts are the children who have birthday parties and ask party goers to bring nonperishable food instead of presents…and then donate them in support of our mission.

We’ve put together a Fund & Food Drive Information Sheet, which provides some guidance and even a way to let us know how many MAFB boxes and/or barrels you want to use.  When we are presented with folks who are feel they might not be quite ready to host their own drive, but want to anyway, we can frequently provide opportunities to support a current drive which is being promoted here. 

We even have a list of suggested items to donate during the holidays.  Teressa Vigneault Millwood is our Food & Fund Drive Coordinator.  You can call her at 334-263-3784 if you have questions.

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EVENT: The Montgomery City - County Public Library Food for Fines Campaign 
DATE: April 11 - May 21
LOCATION: Montgomery City - County Public Libraries

AMNESTY!  Once a year the good folks at the Montgomery City - County Public Libraries forgive those of us who forget to return our books on time.  From April 11 to May 21 they will accept donated food in lieu of an overdue book fine!  The exchange rate is one 13 ounce can of food for one overdue book.  
While you should always return your library books on time - please forgive us if we hope you have a shelf-full of overdue books!

Be sure to visit www.mccpl.lib.al.us for library locations and hours of operation.  
Promotion: If your organization would like for Montgomery Area Food Bank to promote or acknowledge your fund raising and/or food drive event on our social media, (like below) please fill out an Event Information Form for Public Promotion  and click the Big Red “SUBMIT” Button. The info you provide will be sent to our Communications Team for consideration. Unfortunately, not all requests for promotion or acknowledgement can be chosen. However, our team will do all they can to promote as many as possible.
MAFB Member of Feeding America
MAFB River Region Ethics Award
MAFB Guidestar Exchange
EVENT:24th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive
DATE: May 14th - Saturday during regular mail route delivery
LOCATION: All Participating United States Post Offices

For the past 24 years the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) have conducted what is now the nation’s largest one-day food drive on the second Saturday in May. This year the “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive will be conducted on May 14th.  

Residents will be asked to make non-perishable food donations May 14th, which letter carriers will collect as they deliver mail along their postal routes. The food will then be taken to local food banks. “Stamp Out Hunger” has collected more than 1.4 billion pounds of food since the national drive began.  Last year the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive gathered 70.6 million pounds of food nationally, marking the 12th year in-a-row the NALC drive has surpassed 70 million pounds of food collected.
EVENT:Alabama Legal Food Frenzy
DATE: April 25 – May 6, 2016
LOCATION: Law firms across the state

The Alabama State Bar, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and the Alabama Food Bank Association will join together to help end child hunger with the launch of the Alabama Legal Food Frenzy set for April 25 – May 6, 2016. Law firms across the state will compete to see who can raise the most food and funds for the eight regional food banks in Alabama.

Attorney General's Office
501 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36066

Copeland Franco Screws & Gill, P.A.
444 S. Perry Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Bond, Botes, Shinn & Donaldson, P.C.
311 Catoma Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Sasser Sefton & Brown
445 Dexter Avenue Suite 8050
Montgomery, Alabama 36104


MAFB Service Area Participating Firms (as of April 20, 2016)
Alabama Appleseed
309 N. Hull Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.
218 Commerce Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of General Counsel
201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Alabama Department of Transportation
1409 Coliseum Blvd.
Montgomery, Alabama 36110

Alabama State Bar
415 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Balch & Bingham LLP
105 Tallapoosa Street
Suite 200
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, P.C.
425 South Perry Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Middle District of Alabama Federal Court Family
1 Church St
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
EVENT:  Outnumber Hunger
DATE: March 28 - May 2016 
LOCATION: All local participating grocery stores.

General Mills has conducted the Outnumber Hunger Campaign since 2011, and this year they’ve made participation as easy as 1,2,3!

           1 - Buy specially-marked boxes of General Mills products with Outnumber Hunger codes are currently in stores nationwide. 

           2 - General Mills has already donated $500,000 to Feeding America. However, General Mills will also donate up to an additional                 $700,000 to local food banks (THAT’s US) if you purchase these specially-marked products and do one more crucial step.

           3 - Once you ‘ve made your purchase simply Log on to www.outnumberhunger.com; type in special code AND to be sure the                 Montgomery  Area Food Bank receives YOUR support, all you have to do is add your zip code, or better yet, add our zip code.