Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Drive Collects $72.5 Million Pounds of Food

WASHINGTON (PAI)–The Letter Carriers’ annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive – the biggest such 1-day drive in the U.S. – collected 72.5 million pounds of food on May 10, the union said in late June.  The cumulative total in 23 years is now over 1.3 billion pounds.

 

            The food, which NALC members picked up while delivering the mail, or which customers brought to big-city post offices, went to food banks, homeless shelters, meal kitchens, pantries and other facilities feeding the needy in the areas involved.

 

            The union’s 175,000 “Letter Carriers see first-hand the needs in the communities where we work, and we’re honored to be able to help people in need by leading an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans,” said NALC President Fredric Rolando.

 

            Census Bureau data show 49 million people in the U.S. – about two of every 13 – go to bed hungry.  They turn to the local food banks, shelters and soup kitchens for aid during the winter, when shelves are full.  But by spring, when NALC’s drive occurs, the shelves are bare.

And children who depend on school food programs must find other sources in the summer.

 

            “The Postal Service’s universal network makes it possible for us to provide this critically needed assistance,” NALC food drive coordinator and Community Service Director Pam Donato said. “So, too, do the many groups who help.”

 

            National partners, led by Feeding America, chipped in to aid the drive, as did the Rural Letter Carriers, the AFL-CIO, the Postal Service, Campbell Soup and other firms.  Their contributions were of food, trucks to haul it, publicity or a combination of those efforts.  The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, National Guard units, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boy/Girl Scouts, various student groups, local Rotary Clubs, local and state AARP groups and local United Way volunteers also helped out, the union said