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The National Association of Letter Carriers
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association will conduct its 27th annual national food drive on this Saturday, May 11.
The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need.
Postal customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes, and locally they will distribute them to the Salvation Army food pantry. Elizabeth Lopez, Emergency Basic Needs Supervisor says “We Always need shelf stable items such as cereal, white pasta, mashed potatoes and soup, but our biggest demand this year is for canned vegetables”
This food drive remains as important as ever, with many people facing economic struggles. Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans. Letter carriers see these struggles in the communities they serve, and believe that it is important to do what they can to help.
The timing is important, with food banks, pantries and shelters running low on donations from the winter holidays and with summer approaching, when most school meal programs are suspended.
Last year, letter carriers nationwide collected over 70 million pounds of food. Locally, the Jamestown area, even with bad weather, donated almost 8,000 pounds of food.
On May 11, people are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable, non-expired foods,, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday. According to Tim Walters, the local Stamp Out Hunger Postal Representative, “If the weather cooperates, we are hoping to bring in more than 10,000 pounds of food to help the local community. It’s one day out of the year that us carriers, with the help of our customers can really give back to the community. Donations are much appreciated.”
People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to nalc.org/food, facebook.com/StampOutHunger or twitter.com/StampOutHunger.