The Postal Service is gearing up for its annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
Led by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food the past 20 years.
Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved.
Anybody interested in donating should simply place non-perishable food items (canned food, boxed goods, etc) in the bag the letter carrier leaves a few days prior in your mailbox or leave the items next to the mailbox on Saturday, May 10 and your mail carrier will take care of the rest. The food items are sorted and delivered to an area food bank or pantry where they are then disbursed to needy families.
Supporters of the program include Campbell Soup, AARP, Feeding America, Publix, Valassis/Red Plum, Cox Target Media and Valpak Direct Marketing Systems.