Letter Carriers To Hold Largest One Day Food Drive In America On May 14th.
The National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO) will be holding their 24th annual food drive on Saturday, May 14th. On that day letter carriers will pick up non-perishable food as they deliver mail on their postal routes. The food donations collected will stay in the towns and cities where they are collected.
You wouldn’t think that the nation’s most successful one-day food drive could get better but indeed it has as the UFCW has brought their energy and commitment towards helping the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive smash collection records.
Anthony M. Perrone, President of the UFCW United stated that “helping feed America’s hungry is a mission we can and must share, and by participating in the Letter Carriers’ 24th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, we can create the better America we all believe in”
“When we decided to take our food drive nationwide more than two decades ago, food banks and community service organizations told us that the best time for us to do it would be when people aren’t really thinking about it to remind people that, sadly, the need for food is year-round,” stated NALC President Fred Rolando.
In November and December— around the holidays—many folks get caught up in a spirit of giving, so food pantries and other such organization see a major upswing in food donations. But by May, their shelves begin to empty out,” continued Rolando. The “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive has become the Largest One Day Food Drive in the country.
“Because letter carriers serve every neighborhood in this country at least six days a week, we are all too familiar with the staggering numbers of people in need,” Rolando added.
National Rural Letter Carriers President explained why the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is so important:
“When you consider that each bag of donations represents a meal for a family in need., it quickly becomes clear how such a small act of charity on the part of one person can resonate so profoundly in the community’s in which we work and live”
Residents are asked to leave non-perishable food donations in a bag by their mailbox on Saturday May 14th before their letter carrier arrives. It will be picked up and delivered to a local food bank.