The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct their annual food drive to conquer hunger this coming Saturday, May 11th. This food drive has been occurring for 21 years and going strong. The letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on May 11th as they deliver mail along their postal routes.
This is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in over 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
Last year, letter carriers collected 70.7 million pounds of food donations along their postal routes, bringing the total to 1.2 billion pounds for the NALC’s food drive, which originally began in 1992. In the DeKalb and Sycamore area a total of 20,200 pounds of food was collected during the 20th annual food drive; surpassing the amount of 19,000 pounds of food in 2011.
Now more than ever, it is crucial that everyone participates in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including 17 million children and nine million senior citizens.
“The NALC is truly grateful for the help we get each year, to reach so many neighborhoods all on one day,” President Rolando said of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Carriers will bring the food to local food banks, pantries or shelters, including many affiliated with Feeding America, a national partner in the drive. Assisting 1,400 local NALC branches will be rural carriers and other postal employees, plus members of other unions and civic volunteers. In DeKalb and Malta, donations will be shared with the Salvation Army in DeKalb and Sycamore’s donations will go to the Sycamore food pantry.
Other national partners are Campbell Soup Co., AARP, Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Valassis/Red Plum, the U.S. Postal Service, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, and Uncle Bob’s Self Storage. GLS Companies, Source Direct Plastics and the Publix grocery store chain
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