The National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO) will be holding their 25th annual food drive on Saturday, May 13th. 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.
Last Spring the Food Drive collected a record 80 million pounds of food. You wouldn’t think that the nation’s most successful one-day food drive could continue its record-setting pace but that would be underestimating the commitment of the UFCW who are once again bringing their energy and enthusiasm towards helping the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive smash collection records.
Anthony M. Perrone, President of the UFCW United stated that “our union family is committed to making a difference in the life of any person who feels like they are struggling alone. When we see, and hear about hard-working men and women who are unable to put food on their table, we are inspired to step up and help them. Which is why we are proud to once again join with the National Association of Letter Carriers and be a part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
“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”, NALC President Fred Rolando noted, “to remind people who, sadly, the need for food is year-round.” 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,” he said. “But by May, their shelves begin to empty out.” It has become the Largest One Day Food Drive in the country.
“Too many people in this country are going hungry,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We know this to be true because we see it as we deliver to every address in America at least six days a week.” Sadly, statistics back this up. Nearly 49 million Americans—1 in 6—are unsure where their next meal is coming from. This includes 13 million children as well as about 5 million seniors over age 60—many of whom live on fixed incomes and often are too embarrassed to ask for help.
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”
United Way President Brian Gallagher echoed the sentiment of many involved “It is our privilege to join with organized labor, an indispensable partner in our broader mission to create real and lasting change in communities throughout the United States”
Residents are asked to leave non-perishable food donations in a bag by their mailbox on Saturday May 13th before their letter carrier arrives. It will be picked up and delivered to a local food bank. PLEASE JOIN US!