Letter Carriers' Annual Food Drive Set for May 10 throughout Nation



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Letter Carriers' Annual Food Drive Set for May 10 throughout Nation

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National

Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 22nd annual

food drive to combat hunger on Saturday, May 10. Letter carriers will

collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail

along their postal routes.

It is the nation's largest single-day food drive, and 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.

The Letter Carriers' Food Drive never has been more important, with

millions facing hunger every day. The extreme winter weather and other

natural disasters many regions experienced not only exacerbate

problems in many communities but also turn some who typically give

food into recipients of help.

"Too many people in this country are still going hungry every day,"

NALC President Fredric Rolando said. "It's an honor to be able to help

people in need by leading an effort that brings out the best in so

many Americans. Six days a week, letter carriers see first-hand the

needs in the communities where we work, and we're committed to helping

meet those needs."

Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including

17 million children and nine million senior citizens. Pantry shelves

filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late

spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer

months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.

Last year, letter carriers collected 74.4 million pounds of food

donations along their postal routes, the second-highest amount since

the NALC's food drive began in 1992. That brought the total to nearly

1.3 billion pounds for the food drive.

Public service announcements are available on the food drive page of

the NALC website nalc.org/food - feel free to use them.

"The Postal Service's universal network, reaching 151 million

addresses six days a week, makes it possible for us to provide this

critically needed assistance," NALC food drive coordinator Pam Donato

said.

On May 10, as they deliver mail, the nation's 175,000 letter carriers

will collect the donations that residents leave near their mail boxes.

People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable

foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish,

pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail

delivery on Saturday.

Carriers will bring the food to local food banks, pantries or

shelters, including many affiliated with Feeding America, which is a

national partner in the drive, as are United Way, Campbell Soup Co.,

AARP Drive to End Hunger, Publix, the U.S. Postal Service, National

Rural Letter Carriers' Association, the AFL CIO, Valpak,

Valassis and Uncle Bob's Self Storage.

People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask

their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to

nalc.org/food, facebook.com/StampOutHunger or

twitter.com/StampOutHunger.

The 280,000-member NALC represents letter carriers across the country

employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter

carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the

country's oldest labor unions.

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