Postal Food Drive is Saturday

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Postal workers from across the region will join others across the nation, as they take part in their 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this Saturday, May 14. The event, which has become America's largest single day of giving, is conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, Valpak, United Way, AFL-CIO, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and other partners.

The drive offers postal patrons an opportunity to donate non-perishable food items, with letter carriers picking up items throughout the day. In preparation, special donation bags have been distributed, which may be filled with items and left out for pick up on Saturday.

"Currently, 48 million Americans, including one in five children, are unsure where their next meal is coming from," noted Piggott Postmaster Stephanie Jett. "Studies have shown that lack of adequate nutrition also affects cognitive and behavioral development in children."

To help address the need the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was developed, and in the years since millions have benefited from the generosity of others.

"In 2015, over 71 million pounds of food was collected by Postal carriers nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people," Jett added. "And, over the course of the 23-year history, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected well over one billion pounds of food."

Organizers also note the annual food drive's timing is crucial, as food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons.

"So, by springtime many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need," Jett added.

Those wanting to participate are asked to leave their non-perishable food donations in a bag by their mailbox this Saturday, May 14, and the postal carriers will do the rest. "It's a simple process, and millions of Americans will be helped," Jett surmised. The collections will be going on in most communities, and everyone is encouraged to participate.

Those wanting additional information on the effort may visit www.nalc.org

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