Carriers conduct food drive

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

LITTLE ROCK -- The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) have set Saturday, May 14, for the nation's largest annual food drive to combat hunger. On that day, letter carriers will collect non-perishable donations from homes as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

The 19th annual NALC National Food Drive to "Stamp Out Hunger" is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers collected a record 77.1 million pounds of food in last year's drive. The drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Since the NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive began in 1993, they have collected more than 1 billion pounds of food donations

Donations will be collected by more than 1,400 local branches of the 295,000-member postal union and delivered to food banks, pantries and shelters that serve the communities where they are collected. In Carroll County, the food will go to Loaves & Fishes. Assisting in the effort are rural letter carriers and other postal employees, as well as members of other unions and thousands of civic volunteers.

NALC President Fredric V. Rolando emphasized that as successful as the food drive has been in the past, it simply must be even better this year.

"Letter carriers have never backed away from a challenge," Rolando said. "Millions of Americans depend on the food we collect to help carry them through the summer months. We cannot -- we must not -- let them down."

The drive has become critical to fighting hunger in America. Food banks depend on the second Saturday in May to help fill their shelves to help the local people in need.

Millions of postcards, sponsored by the Campbell Soup Company and the U.S. Postal Service's Priority Mail, will be mailed to postal customers to remind them of the drive.

In addition to funding postcards and other promotional support, Campbell's will again aid the drive by donating to Feeding America one pound of food (up to one million pounds) for every person who joins the Stamp Out Hunger Facebook community.

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