The 22nd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive
is Saturday, May 10.
Questions regarding the food drive should be directed to NALC Director of Community Services Pam Donato at 202-662-2489 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Branch registration forms are still being accepted and are being processed as quickly as possible. Check the Food Drive Coordinators’ Database to find out whether yours has been processed yet.
NOTE: Coordinators’ materials were set to be mailed starting the week of Feb. 24.
New in the tool kit: March 6 version of the Excel document listing all currently registered branch food drive coordinators; letter-size Food Drive flyer; customizable certificate of appreciation; instructions to branch coordinators. Click here to visit the tool kit.
Second plastic bag manufacturer added: Aurora Plastics has provided made-in-USA Food Drive bags for NALC branches in dozens of cities for more than 10 years. Visit the tool kit to find out more.
COO Support: USPS Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan’s letter of support for this year’s drive, plus the Postal Service’s Food Drive Action Plan
PMG support: USPS Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe supports the 2014 Food Drive. Click here to read his letter to NALC President Fredric Rolando.
New supplier: The Frank Doolittle Company – new Food Drive T-shirts, buttons, lapel pins, hats, yard signs and banners. Click here to access the flyer and order form via the Food Drive Tool Kit.
New ideas to help us ‘Stamp Out Hunger:’
This year’s Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is in full preparation mode. While much is the same from previous years, there are a few new and exciting changes this year. Campbell’s has stepped up to provide 100 million postcards which, when coupled with 20 million postcards from a joint venture of Publix and AARP Foundation, will help to remind even more patrons of the Food Drive. This year they will all be in both English and Spanish.
Also new, AARP Foundation will be sponsoring a combined “bag and postcard” piece mailed to more than 1 million addresses. Last year, we tested 75,000 of these combined pieces in four cities, with a fantastic response in food donations. They were popular with letter carriers, too, being easy to deliver and with handles on the bag making the pickup of donations simpler.
But with only a million bags to go around, we’ll all have to creatively find local bag sponsors of our own. Please visit our Food Drive Tool Kit for tips on finding a bag sponsor.
NALC Headquarters has worked with International Paper (manufacturer of AARP’s paper bags in previous years) to set artwork and make ordering easier for locals in the field.
International Paper is a union paper-bag manufacturer that produces its bags in Texas. All the necessary information to order these can be found on the Food Drive Tool Kit page, or by calling Caty McCoy at 704-451-5658.
We also have artwork arrangements with Bags by CMG, a biodegradable plastic bag manufacturer (again, specific pricing and ordering information is on our Food Drive Tool Kit). Sean Cherry can be reached at Bags by CMG at 970-206-4644.
We also have the generous gift of a new Family Circus food drive cartoon from Jeff Keane. New this year will be the production of a full-sized Family Circus Food Drive cartoon poster in Spanish. Both English and Spanish full-size posters can be ordered using the form included in your food drive coordinators materials; the order form also can be downloaded from our tool kit page.
We continue to grow the food drive, in ideas and in our commitment to help those in our communities who are in need. It will take all of us, working together, to make a difference.
Food Drive fills gaps in economic recovery
March 2014—Hard work and dedication have served as the key ingredients to a successful Letter Carriers’ Food Drive ever since it went national back in 1993—and there is no question that the same will be true again this year on Saturday, May 10, when the NALC holds its 22nd annual national drive.
On that special day, hundreds of thousands of letter carriers, retirees, family members and volunteers will take to mail routes in every state and territory across America, pick up sacks of non-perishable food and deliver the goods to the food banks and pantries that serve their local communities.
“It’s quite impressive that our drive has managed to collect just under 1.3 billion pounds of food over the past two decades,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “But what really counts is that our extra effort each year on the second Saturday in May means that some of the people who are most in need and who live in our own back yards will be able to put a little more food on their families’ tables.”
The economy might be recovering, but America’s hungry aren’t feeling it. According to national Food Drive partner Feeding America, 49 million Americans may not know where their next meal is coming
from. This sad figure includes nearly 16 million children.
And while one in seven Americans rely on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits right now, proposed changes to SNAP could mean that fewer people will be able to access these crucial benefits, forcing them to lean harder on local food pantries for help.
Stepping up to help solve this problem are this year’s other national food drive sponsors: the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, Campbell Soup, AARP’s Drive to End Hunger, United Way, Publix grocery stores, the AFL-CIO, Valassis, Valpak and Uncle Bob’s Self Storage—not to mention the U.S. Postal Service.
“We’ll continue to encourage all postal employees across the country to support the food drive,” USPS Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe wrote in a letter to President Rolando. “Working together, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans in need.”
With the drive only two months away, NALC Community and Membership Outreach Coordinator Pam Donato has been busy processing registration forms from NALC branches, with a fresh batch of forms arriving with each day’s mail delivery.
“It’s not too late for a branch to register,” Donato stressed. “All branches are encouraged to mail in their registration forms as soon as possible.” The form is available for download here.
Once a branch’s registration form is processed, a special packet is sent by return mail to the branch coordinator. The packet includes the promotional food drive DVD, a coordinator’s manual and other important food drive information.
Getting the word out will be key to the drive’s success, Donato said. “To help us with that, this year we’ll have 120 million postcards to distribute,” she said. “That means that any branch that wants postcards will get postcards.”
Special bags that promote the food drive have helped to make collection totals soar, and branches are strongly encouraged to secure local bag sponsors.
Links to national manufacturers of bags—paper and plastic—as well as tips for getting a bag sponsor are posted on the Food Drive tool-kit page.
Questions regarding the food drive should be directed to Donato at 202-662-
2489 or at email@example.com.
Terrific Results for
Letter Carriers’ 21st Annual Food Drive
Sharp Increase in Food Collected Helps
in Time of Struggling Economy, Natural Disasters
June 6, 2013—The annual food drive of the National Association of Letter Carriers collected more than 74 million pounds of food to help restock food banks, pantries and shelters around the country—an impressive result rendered all the more necessary by the struggling economy and the multiple recent natural disasters.
The May 11 effort garnered 74.4 million pounds of food, an increase of 5 percent over last year. The total food collected was the second most in the drive's 21 years, and the increase was the highest in a decade.
"This demonstrates in clear fashion the value of the unique postal network, which goes to 151 million addresses six days a week," NALC President Fredric Rolando said. "It also shows the remarkable connection between letter carriers and the communities they serve—a bond that serves the nation well."