Souvenir Postage Commemorates
25th Anniversary “Stamp Out Hunger®” Campaign
The American Philatelic Society (APS), in partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), is pleased to unveil a commemorative postage sheet for the 25th Anniversary of the “Stamp Out Hunger®” Food Drive. This personalized postage souvenir sheet, printed by PhotoStamps, will be available beginning Saturday, March 4 at AmeriStamp Expo — the nation’s second largest annual stamp and postal history show — being held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.
The souvenir sheet features some of the iconic “Stamp Out Hunger®” campaign artwork, designed by artists Bil and Jeff Keane of the Family Circus comic strip, now synonymous with the campaign. Jeff Keane will join representatives from the NALC to dedicate this personalized postage at a special ceremony on Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m. to celebrate the national kick-off to this 25th anniversary food drive.
Prior to 1991, there had been efforts by a few branches of the NALC to collect food for those in need. In the fall of 1991, an organized effort was held in 10 cities. Two years later, the NALC held its first national drive in mid-May, a time between holidays when the food banks’ donations are often waning. The initial goal was to have one branch in every state participate. That year, more than 11 million pounds of food was collected. In 2016, 80.1 million pounds of food was gathered, bringing the grand total donation to date to 1.5 billion pounds of food.
“Letter carriers have always been the smiling faces connecting each of us through the postal system. For 25 years, they’ve also connected each of us with those in need. The American Philatelic Society is honored to host this great event at AmeriStamp Expo,” said Scott English, APS Executive Director. “The people of Reno have been so kind to welcome us and our members and we’re excited to give back to this wonderful community.”
For those not attending AmeriStamp Expo, pre-orders are now being accepted for mailing in early March. Limited quantities of this souvenir sheet are available for purchase for $22.99 (+S&H) through APS at Stamps.org. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, who will also have a booth at AmeriStamp Expo to accept contributions and donations of canned goods. APS will also be presenting a check to the food bank at the Saturday ceremony.
AmeriStamp Expo will take place March 3–5 in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center at 4590 South Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. Details are available on the show website: stamps.org/StampExpo.