The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 27th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 11. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides postal customers with an easy way to donate food to those in need in the community.
Postal customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods in sturdy bags next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.
People are encouraged to leave a paper or plastic bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal. Letter carriers will take that food to local food banks, pantries or shelters including Feeding America Southwest Virginia.
Regional sponsor Food Lion Feeds will also host an in-store food drive through May 14, offering customers another way to donate to the Letter Carriers’ food drive. Food Lion also supports the drive in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia by donating the equivalent of 200,000 meals to food banks and providing more than 10 million Stamp Out Hunger grocery bags for donors to use for USPS pickup.
The timing is important, with food banks like Feeding America Southwest Virginia running low on donations from the winter holidays and with summer approaching, when most school meal programs are suspended.
The Letter Carriers’ food drive 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. It remains as important as ever, with many people facing economic struggles. Hunger affects tens of millions of people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans.
Several national partners are assisting NALC in the food drive: the U.S. Postal Service, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, Valpak and Valassis. New national partners this are the Kellogg Co. and CVS.