Another Impressive Achievement Thanks to YOU
The final tally has been taken. The 2017 Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive was another banner year!
Neoconset, NY carrier George DiLieto.
Held on May 13, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) reported that the 25th annual food drive collected 75 million pounds — the third largest total in the campaign’s history.
Brigham City, UT carrier Tori Tittensor
Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is America’s largest single-day food drive. It is held annualy 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.
To donate is easy and simple. Customers leave their donations of non-perishable goods in paper bags next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail that day. The nation’s 175,000 letter carriers collect the food donations left and distribute them to local food agencies.
Neoconset, NY carrier Kim Valsamis.
The timing is important, too. Many food banks, pantries and shelters are running low on donations during the winter holidays and most school meal programs are suspended during the summer months.
Several national partners assisted the NALC in this year’s food drive: the U.S. Postal Service™, United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Way Worldwide, AARP Foundation, AFL-CIO, Valpak and Valassis.
Neoconset, NY carrier Pete Kohler.
In the quarter-century since it began, the annual food drive has collected almost 1.6 billion pounds of food.
The Postal Service® receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.