National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Annual “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” is this Saturday, May 11!

The National Association of Letter Carriers has held the “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” for 21 years.  This one-day food drive is the largest in the nation.  In 2012, the food drive gathered more than 70 million pounds of food, bringing the grand total to date of food gathered by the letter carriers to 1.2 billion pounds.

Please help to make this year’s event the most successful yet.  It’s as easy as checking your mailbox. Just leave a bag of non-perishable food where your letter carrier normally delivers your mail. Your letter carrier will deliver the food to a local food bank. Examples of non-perishable items include: canned goods (soups, vegetables, fruit, meat, fish), boxed cereals, rice, or pasta.

Unfortunately, the need for food assistance remains urgent. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Annual Food Security Study indicates that the number of Americans in need of food assistance was just over 50 million in 2011. That includes 20 percent of households with children.

The NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is conducted in May, which is when many community food banks have run out of food donated during the holidays.  It is also the time of year when children in need of food are about to go on summer vacation, and won’t be receiving meals through their schools’ breakfast and lunch programs.

Please help our brothers and sisters in the NALC help our fellow Americans who are hungry – leave a bag of non-perishable food at your mailbox on Saturday to help Stamp Out Hunger!

 

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