Published on Apr 11, 2012
The 20th annual NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday, May 12, and letter carriers from more than 1,300 branches across America are putting the final touches on their plans for this national event that helps replenish the food banks that serve our neediest customers.
"Too many people in this country still are going hungry," NALC President Fredric Rolando said, "a widespread problem we see every day by virtue of the fact that we deliver to every address in the nation six days a week."
Since the national drive began in 1992, letter carriers in every corner of the United State —alongside our family members, friends, co-workers from other crafts and allies—have set aside the second Saturday in May as the day we give something back to the communities we loyally serve.
Last year's drive brought in 70.2 million pounds of non-perishable food (including pet food), raising the total amount of donations collected over the 20-year history of the drive to more than 1.1 billion pounds.
By the time our national drive rolls around, food bank stocks often are exhausted, which is what makes our unique effort a timely rescue as the summer months approach. And with school lunches unavailable, the need is particularly strong.
Letter carriers lead this collection effort, but we get a big boost from the many sponsoring organizations that help make the food drive a reality, including the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, Campbell Soup Company, Valpak, U.S. Postal Service, United Way, AFL-CIO, Feeding America, Uncle Bob's Self Storage and AARP.
Campbell's is helping spread the word about the May 12 drive by donating 75 million postcards, which will complement the promotional announcements about the event featured on 40 million Valpak mailers. AARP will provide promotional articles and advertisements in its membership magazine as well.
Campbell Soup also is pledging a donation of 1 million "Stamp Out Hunger" bags for handing out in key locations throughout the country, while International Paper and AARP will join the Publix grocery store chain in placing special food-drive branded bags in specific communities. And Uncle Bob's Self Storage will donate its fleet of rental trucks on May 12 to collect donated food in the areas the company serves.
Questions regarding the food drive should be directed to NALC Director of Community Services Linda Giordano at 202-662-2489 or at email@example.com.
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