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You Can Help Stamp Out Hunger

 

It is that time of year again.

This Saturday, May 12th, is the annual Stamp Out Hunger Drive put on by The United States of America’s letter carriers. This is the largest food drive in the nation.

And best of all, helping to stamp out hunger is as easy as going out to your mailbox.

20th Anniversary

“It’s our 20th anniversary,” NALC President Fredric Rolando noted. “For two decades now, our annual national drive has proved critical in helping millions of American families—our customers—who are struggling to make ends meet during this continuing recession.

16% Can Eat Or Pay Utility Bill

“Sixteen percent of all Americans are at risk of hunger—uncertain where their next meal may be coming from,“  Rolando said.

1 in 5 Children Hungry

That includes 1 in 5 children under the age of 18, plus 4 million seniors who are forced
every day to choose between paying a utility bill and buying food,” Rolando also said.

1.1 Billion  Pounds Of Food Collected

70.2 million pounds of food was collected in last year’s colection alone, bringing the total amount collected since 1993 to a staggering 1.1 billion pounds of food.

Many Support Drive

Other organizations and companies that participate and donate to this effort include:

National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association who collect food in rural areas.

Campbell Soup Company donates 75 million reminder postcards and 1 million food bags.

Uncle Bob’s Self-Storage donates its fleet of rental trucks to collect and distribute donated food.

AARP provides 13.5 million collection bags for delivery of food to seniors. They also provide volunteers, articles and advertisements.

 Publix grocery store chain with more than 1,000 locations in the Southeast, is donating bags in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Valpak helps in any way it can as a way to say thanks to the carriers for delivering their blue envelopes.

United Way is a partner with the letter carries in this event and effort.

America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon is the drive’s celebrity spokesperson.

AFL-CIO supports the drive and encourages local affiliates to help in promoting and conducting the drive.

Feeding America Food Bank supports the drive.

YOU

You can support this effort too.

Just leave a bag of non-perishable food – including pet food – where your letter carrier normally delivers your mail this Saturday. Your letter carrier will then pick up your donation and deliver the food to a local food bank.

Now how easy is that?

Examples of non-perishable items include: canned soup, canned meats and fish, canned vegetables, fruit juice, boxed goods (such as cereal,) and pasta and rice.

I encourage all of my readers to participate in this food drive at what ever level you can.

“I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink.”  Matthew 25:35

Kudos to the nations mail carriers and to all who donate for their generosity.

 

Featured Recipes   Tuna or Salmon Cucumber Boats

Normally I serve these in the summer when it is to hot too cook and too hot to eat a huge meal. These are very cool and refreshing on a hot summer day. However, it has been so unseasonably warm, even hot some days, this spring I decided to share them with you today.

I wasn’t sure which one to make for you, so I just decided to do one of each. Tuna is the least expensive, but the salmon is budget friendly too. In fact, both are Recession Buster Recipes©.

I have shared both a Tuna Fish Salad and a Salmon Salad Recipe with you before. And either of those could be used to fill the tuna boats. I would omit the pasta shells in the salmon recoipe though. You can click the links to get those recipes.

The recipes I share today, however, are just plain tuna and plain salmon salad. Bare bones. You can add as much or as little extras as you want. You could also use 5-6 ounces of fresh salmon. Just cook it per the recipe in the previous paragraph. The bright pink color of the fresh salmon is just soooo pretty against the light green of the cucumber and worth the added expensive if you can spare it.

The cucumber boats make such a lovely and festive presentation. These are great for parties, celebrations of any kind, and family get togethers.

Tuna Salad Cucumber Boats
This is what you will need for 2 people:

1 large cucumber

1 6 ounce can tuna fish

¼ cup diced celery (1-2 stalks)

2 green onions diced

2 teaspoons black olives diced

2 tablespoons mayo

1 teaspoonDijon mustard

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

Drain the tuna and place in a bowl.

Wash and prep the celery and green onions. You can peel or not peel the cucumber as you prefer. I did not peel. Then dice the celery, green onions, and the olives very small. Add to the bowl with the tuna.

Add the mayo and the Dijon mustard and mix well.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

In the meantime wash the cucumber very well and cut it in half lengthwise.

Using a teaspoon remove the seeds from the cucumber and hollow out a little of  part of the cucumber. Squeeze some lemon juice over the cucumber and add salt and pepper to taste.

When you are ready to serve, place some of the tuna salad into the hallowed out cucumber half. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the tuna salad.

For decoration add a few of the celery leaves to the tuna mixture.

 Serve with crackers or bread and butter and with some hot soup.

Salmon Salad Cucumber Salad Boats
This is what you will need for 2 people:

1 large cucumber

1 6 ounce can salmon

¼ cup diced celery (1-2 stalks)

2 green onions diced*

2 tablespoons mayo

1 teaspoonDijonmustard

½ teaspoon dried dill

1 tablespoon lime juice

Salt and pepper to taste

*Substitute red onion for the green onions if you prefer.

Here is what you do:

Drain the salmon and place in a bowl. Dice the celery and green onions very small. Add to the bowl with the tuna. Add the mayo, the Dijon mustard, and the dill and mix well.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Now just follow the rest of the directions for the tuna salad from after ‘cover the bowl with plastic wrap,’ except use lime juice in place of the lemon juice.

Tuna on the left. Salmon on the right.

VARIATION: You can also cut each cucumber half into 4-6 pieces for an appetizer for dinner or a party.

Bon appétit!!! 

Cost

Tuna

1 large cucumber                  $0.58

1 6 ounce can tuna fish          $0.69

¼ cup diced celery                $0.11

2 green onions diced             $0.14

2 teaspoons black olives        $0.24

2 tablespoons mayo              $0.25

1 teaspoonDijon mustard       $0.09

1 tablespoon lemon juice       $0.30

Salt and pepper to taste

Total Cost = $2.40
Cost per person = $1.20

Salmon

1 large cucumber                   $0.58

1 6 ounce can salmon             $0.99

¼ cup diced celery                 $0.11

2 green onions diced*            $0.14

2 tablespoons mayo               $0.25

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard       $0.09

1 teaspoon dried dill              $0.22

1 tablespoon lime juice          $0.49

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $2.87

Cost per person = $1.44

Quote of the Day

Never be afraid to just sit awhile and think. 

Lorraine Hansberry

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1 comment to You Can Help Stamp Out Hunger

  • The letter carriers have a tough job – all that rain, snow, sleet and hail promise they all adhere to – and yet they take on helping the country’s most vulnerable. Kinda gets you right in the heart, doesn’t it? I hope they get more food than they can carry.

    I love your tuna boats. I made a tuna dip last night that was so good and I’ve got leftovers. I’m going to “boat it”!