2012-05-03 / Community Bulletin Board

Help Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger”

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 (NALC) in conjunction with the postal service.

Letter carriers will collect nonperisahble food donations left by mailboxes along their routes as they deliver mail on Saturday, May 12, 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 carriers, rural carriers, postal employees and volunteers from all 50 states and hundreds of cities will participate.

An estimated 49 million people are at risk of hunger in America, including millions of 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.

On Saturday, May 12, customer 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.

The 20th annual NALC National Food Drive to “stamp out hunger” is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers collected 70.2 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 towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. More than 1 billion pounds of food has been collected nationwide since the first food drive.

More than 90 million postcards sponsored by Campbell’s Soup Co. and the United States Postal Service will be mailed to customers in towns and cities throughout America letting them know how they can help.

Campbell’s Soup Co. will kick off this year’s food drive with a pledge to donate 1 million pound of food to Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger relief organization.

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