NALC & USPS™ Employees Participate in Stamp Out Hunger® National Food Drive
Making a difference one neighborhood at a time
While many of us are able to go to our kitchen cupboards to grab a quick snack or even to prepare a favorite meal – that is not the case for everyone in the United States. In fact, some go without food on a daily basis – many of whom are children. Individuals facing hunger make difficult choices every day between food and utilities, transportation, medicine and housing. It’s an important issue and one that, the Postal Service and customers are doing something about.
Celebrating 25 years of helping others in need
This year marks the silver anniversary of the letter carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® food drive. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 when the NALC and US Postal Service join together to collect food in effort to reduce hunger in America.
San Diego-Riverfront Letter Carrier Balbina Elizarraraz
Many local volunteer groups offer their time to sort and pick up the food collected by letter carriers and postal employees. We can all do our part in helping to combat this growing issue of hunger by opening our hearts and sharing with those that are less fortunate. All you have to do is place your food donation next to your mailbox before your mail carrier delivers your mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will take care of the rest.
Traditionally, letter carriers around the country collect food items from postal customers – which are later delivered to local area shelters, food banks, pantries and various venues where meals are provided to families and others in need.
Delivering with community service
Letter carriers are present in neighborhoods across the nation providing mail delivery six days a week and have always been active and involved in their local communities. In 1991, The NALC National Food Drive began as a coordinated effort by NALC and AFL-CIO Union leaders and Postmaster General Anthony Frank. The first drive was held in October of 1991 in 10 cities. The success of the event encouraged the organizations to make it a nationwide annual effort.
The second Saturday in May was chosen with a goal of having at least one NALC branch in each state participating.
More than 11 million pounds of food was collected in one day with the 1993 launch of the event. Every year has achieved more food collected than the previous year and in 2010 the drive exceeded 1 billion pounds of food. In 2016, the food drive collected over 80 million pounds of food nationwide.
How can you help the food drive efforts?
The NALC requests that donations of non-perishable food be set out before the letter carrier’s normal pick up time in the neighborhood on the second Saturday of May. Non-perishable items include items that are canned, dry, or bagged. Items should not be open, expired, damaged, fresh, frozen, homemade or home-canned items. Items should also not be in glass containers or have missing labels.
San Diego-Hillcrest Letter Carrier Nancy Grano
Items can be placed in the bag provided by the letter carrier prior to the event or in any paper or plastic bag. Items can also be left at your local Post Office™ during normal hours of operation. Your carrier will collect the food during their normal delivery of mail.
As a proud postal employee and customer, I take great pride in participating in this very special day. My family members, friends and I enjoy selecting the food and placing it in the bags for our letter carriers to collect. It is always a good feeling to know that our acts of kindness are beneficial to someone else and at the end of the day, we have joined together to help those in need.
If you are in need or know of someone in need of food services, please contact your local food bank or food pantry for assistance. To learn more about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, click here.
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