May 3, 2013
Letter carriers deliver for hungry Americans
On Saturday, May 11, 2013, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will team up with Campbell’s Soup Company and others to support Feeding America and help Stamp Out Hunger across America. Now in its 21st year, the annual food drive helps provide help to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.
What: Stamp Out Hunger nationwide food drive
When: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Where: Mailboxes everywhere in America
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, benefits Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. In 2012, letter carriers collected food donations from 10,000 communities, helping to put millions of meals on the tables of Americans in need.
Last year’s drive also marked the ninth consecutive year that people donated more than 70 million pounds of food to the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. But, with more than 50 million people, including nearly 17 million children, facing hunger in America – the fight for hunger-relief continues.
“The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is important for our local communities because it helps stock food banks and pantries for summer, a time when there’s an increased need for food assistance, especially for children who are out of school,” said Fredric V. Rolando, NALC president. “The letter carriers are committed to supporting the drive by picking up and delivering food donations to local Feeding America food banks and hunger-relief organizations in their markets.”
Here’s how it works
To take part in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox before the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 11.
The nation’s 175,000 letter carriers, representing nearly 1,500 NALC branches in more than 10,000 communities, will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to a local Feeding America food bank or hunger-relief organization.