By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: National Association of Letter Carriers (Information)
Picture: National Association of Letter Carriers (Courtesy)
United States: The National Association of Letter Carriers (N.A.L.C.) will conduct its annual national food drive this Saturday, May 14th, 2022.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which was first held in 1993, helps feed millions of Americans and is the country’s largest one-day food drive that provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need.
According to the National Association of Letter Carriers, the drive was canceled the past two years in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and this year the drive is back collecting donated non-perishable food items.
Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable food items next to their mailbox today, and letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes, and distribute them to local food banks, pantries, shelters and churches.
“Letter carriers are a part of every neighborhood in the nation, and we see the growing need for food assistance in our communities. On Saturday, May 14, NALC invites everyone to participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Together, we can help stamp out hunger in America,” said NALC President Fredric Rolando.
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.
As they deliver mail today, the nation’s 200,000 letter carriers will collect the donations that residents have left near their mailboxes. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag (or bags) containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal before the regular mail delivery on Saturday. The food donations stay in each community, going to help local residents.
National partners assisting NALC in the food drive are: the U.S. Postal Service, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, Vericast, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, Valpak, the Kellogg Co. and CVS Health.
*** People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to: ***
Thanks to all of the letter carriers who are helping today in the food drive, and thanks to all those who are donating to the food drive today.