2010-04-22 / Local & State

Help Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” May 8

Residents throughout Pennsylvania are being asked to help feed the needy by participating in the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers in conjunction with the Postal Service.

Letter carriers will collect nonperishable food donations left by mailboxes along their routes as they deliver mail on Saturday, May 8, to help stock local food banks for the needy.

This one-day food drive is part of a nationwide drive designed to fill food bank pantries through the summer months, when levels are traditionally low. Letter carries from all 50 states and hundreds of cities will participate.

An estimated 35 million people are at risk of hunger in America, including 12 million children. Around late spring, most food banks begin running out of donations received during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods. This drive is one way people can join the Postal Service and other local sponsors to help stamp out hunger in communities across the country.

How it works:

More than 125 million postcards will be mailed to customers in towns and cities throughout America letting them know how they can help.

On Saturday, May 8, customers are asked to place nonperishable food items next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers the mail. The letter carrier will do the rest, taking the food to the post office where it is sorted and delivered to a local food bank or pantry.

Other cosponsors of the drive with the NALC and Postal Service are the national Rural Letter Carriers Association; Campbell Soup Co.; Val Pak; Feeding America, formerly known as America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s food bank network; the United Way Worldwide; and the AFL-CIO.

The 18th annual NALC National Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers collected a record 73.4 million pounds of food in last year’s drive. The drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in more than 10,000 cities and town in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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