WASHINGTON – The National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO) announced today that the nation’s largest food drive to combat hunger will be conducted this year on Saturday, May 12 in all 50 states and U.S. jurisdictions. On that day, letter carriers will collect non-perishable donations as they deliver mail along their postal routes.
The 15th annual NALC National Food Drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers collected 70.5 million pounds of food in last year’s drive, the third consecutive year the effort has exceeded 70 million pounds.
The food will be collected in over 10,000 communities by nearly 1,500 local branches of the postal union, along with rural carriers and other volunteers. Donations will be delivered to food banks, pantries and shelters that serve the area where the donations are collected.
Since its inception in 1993, the nationwide drive has collected and delivered over three-quarters of a billion pounds of food – 765.5 million pounds – to help hungry families.
NALC President William H. Young noted that the upcoming summer months “are a particularly critical time for millions of children whose school lunch programs are suspended until fall and their families must find alternate sources of nutrition.”
“Letter carriers see these families every day as they deliver the mail,” Young said. “This food drive is one way we can help alleviate their plight and we encourage our postal patrons to participate by leaving donations by their mailbox on May 12.”
Residents will be asked to leave non-perishable donations – such as canned meat, fish and soup, and cereals, pasta and rice – in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday, May 12 before their letter carrier arrives. It will be taken to the local post office and then delivered to a local food bank, pantry or shelter.
Co-sponsors of the drive are the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup Company, Cox Target Media-Valpak, local United Ways, the AFL-CIO, and America’s Second Harvest food bank network. Further information is available at www.nalc.org/commun/foodrive.