Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive Saturday

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The annual Letter Carrier's Food Drive will be held this Saturday, May 9. This marks the 23rd year for the effort, and those able are encouraged to leave donations of non-perishable food items out for collection.

This year the theme for the annual food drive is "Stamp Out Hunger" and post offices and letter carriers across the nation are participating.

The food drive is the nation's largest single-day drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

It is sponsored each year by the National Association of Letter Carriers, in partnership with Feeding America, the U.S. Postal Service, United Way Worldwide, the National Rural Letter Carrier's Association, the AFL-CIO, Valpak and Valassis.

"With the extreme weather experienced this past winter by much of the country, along with economic struggles many Americans face, the food drive has never been more important," noted NALC President Fredric Rolando. "Letter carriers are honored to be able to help people in need--we see the needs in the communities we serve, and we believe it's important to help meet those needs."

Experts estimate hunger affects about 49 million people around the country, including millions of children and senior citizens. Statistics show one in four households with a member serving in the U.S. military turns to a food bank for assistance.

Compounding the need is the fact pantry shelves, filled-up through winter-holiday generosity are often bare by late spring. And, most school meal programs are not available during the summer months, leaving millions of children to find an alternate source of nutrition.

Local residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing the non-perishable food items, such as soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.

Joining the nation's 175,000 city letter carriers in the collection will be retired letter carriers, family members and friends and countless volunteers.

The food will later be distributed to local food banks, pantries or shelters--including many affiliated with Feeding America.

Those wanting additional information may ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office or visit www.nalc.org/food

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