'Stamp Out Hunger' Food Drive on May 10
On May 10, letter carriers across the U.S. will deliver the mail and also will collect food in the 16th annual National Association of Letter Carriers National Food Drive.
What is billed as the largest one-day food drive in the nation, NALC letter carriers delivered more than 836 million pounds of food to community food banks and pantries in the past 15 years.
In 2007, the drive collected almost 71 million pounds of food for the needy from postal customers.
Again this year, letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 local NALC branches in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved.
Campbell Soup Company and the U.S. Postal Service are major supporters again in 2008. Campbell Soup also earmarked an additional 1 million-pound canned food donation to the drive.
All citizens need do is to place a box or can of non-perishable food next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers mail on Saturday. May 10. The carrier will do all the rest. The food is taken back to a postal station, sorted, and then delivered to an area food bank or pantry.