TYLER, TX --- The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) announced Wednesday May, 10 that it will conduct its 25th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 13.
The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in the community. Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 13. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes and distribute them to local food agencies.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
“With the economic struggles many Texans face, the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is as critical as ever. Not only do thousands of Texans go hungry, organizations that help them are in need of replenishments,” said Tyler Postmaster Falonda Woods.
Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans. Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. With most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.
“Letter carriers see these struggles in the communities they serve, and they believe it’s important to do what they can to help,” added Longview Postmaster Shiniqua Toliver.
On Saturday, May 13, as they deliver mail, the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers will collect donations left by residents near their mailboxes. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag—paper or plastic—containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on that Saturday.
This year’s effort includes a public service announcement with award-winning actor and director Edward James Olmos.
Since the first national Food Drive in 1993, the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food; last year’s drive brought in a record 80 million pounds of food. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Visit www.nalc.org/food to learn more.