Community service

Letter Carriers’ ‘Stamp Out Hunger®’ Food Drive


The 25th annual Letter Carriers’
Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive
—Saturday, May 13, 2017—

Specific questions regarding the Food Drive should be directed to NALC Director of Community Services Pam Donato at 202-662-2489 or at donato@nalc.org.

Send us your photos!

Whether you’ve scanned old Food Drive photos or you’ve taken new ones, please share them with us. Include the year, the city and the branch name and number and send them by e-mail to letter.carrier.food.drive@gmail.com or click here to simply upload them to our Hightail cloud account.   

 

 

 

Stamp Out Hunger® is a registered trademark of the National Association of Letter Carriers,
and may not be used or reproduced without prior written permission of the National Association of Letter Carriers.


Frequently Asked Questions (and answers)

Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm for the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive!

Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions.

Are food drive donations tax-deductible?

All donations to the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive are tax-deductible because all of the food collected on Food Drive Day is given directly to non-profit charity food agencies in the community the food was collected. Though the National Association of Letter Carriers plans the Food Drive’s logistics and letter carriers provide the transportation for each donor’s generous donation, the National Association of Letter carriers is not the agency that gets listed on tax forms for claiming deductions. There are more than 10,000 food agencies throughout the country that receive these donations, so if you itemize your taxes and want to provide proper credit for your Food Drive donations, you will need to determine the name of the agency (food pantry or other charity) that received your food, as well as the agency’s address and tax identification number for proper reporting on your tax-filing forms. The Food Drive Coordinator at your local post office (click here for a post office locator) should be able to give you the name of the receiving agency, and that agency will likely have tax information handy.

“Where are my postcards?!”

All food drive reminder postcard batches should have arrived. Click here to find out what you should be looking for.

CVS Health steps up to help Stamp Out Hunger

CVS Health is teaming up with NALC and the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this year to build awareness for the 25th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 13. In the weeks leading up to the drive, CVS Health will play a public service announcement for the food drive on an in-store radio channel twice an hour in more than 10,000 CVS stores nationwide, and it will feature the food drive on the corporate intranet’s MyLife channel—available to CVS Health’s 240,000 employeess—and on TV screens in all corporate hubs.

Buy your official Stamp Out Hunger merchandise online

The online Stamp Out Hunger store is now available, with products available for purchase in quantities starting at just one—no bulk ordering necessary. Click here to get started.

 

 

 

 

Souvenir postage commemorates 25th Stamp Out Hunger

The National Association of Letter Carriers is pleased to join the American Philatelic Society as the APS unveils a commemorative postage sheet for the 25th Anniversary of the “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive. | Press release


Click here to download this video (MP4) from NALC’s cloud account on Hightail.

The 25th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive—

Counting down to Food Drive No. 25

NALC’s 25th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is just weeks away—on
Saturday, May 13—and with that date drawing ever closer, food drive coordinators in hundreds of NALC branches across America are finalizing their preparations for the nation’s largest one-day food collection event designed to help replenish local food banks in the communities we serve.

“Too many people in this country are going hungry,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We know this to be true because we see it as we deliver to every address in America at least six days a week.”

Sadly, statistics back this up. Nearly 49 million Americans—1 in 6—are unsure where their next meal is coming from. This includes 13 million children as well as about 5 million seniors over age 60—many of whom live on fixed incomes and often are too embarrassed to ask for help.

Since 1993, when the national food drive began, letter carriers in every part of the country have worked with family members, friends, other postal co-workers and allies to use the second Saturday in May as a day to give something back to the communities that know and trust us.

Last year, the food drive collected a record 80 million pounds of nonperishable food, raising the total amount of donations picked up over the quarter-century history of the drive to more than 1.5 billion pounds.

By the time our national food drive rolls around each year, the shelves of food pantries and other charitable organizations often are nearly empty, turning our hard work on Food Drive Day into a much-needed replenishment with summer fast approaching.

“Letter carriers lead this massive collection effort,” President Rolando said, “but we couldn’t make the food drive a reality without the help of our national partners.”

This year’s partners are the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW),
Valpak, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, the AARP Foundation and Valassis.

“These partners provide tangible support that helps to encourage the generous participation of our postal customers,” Rolando said.

For example, local United Way agencies often help branches coordinate distribution of food to local food banks, pantries and shelters. Countless NRLCA members volunteer their time to work with their brothers and sisters in the city carrier craft to help collect and distribute non-perishable food donations in the country’s rural and underserved areas. AFL-CIO’s community services liaisons work with field mobilization staff members, state federations and central labor councils (CLCs) to coordinate support and
recruit volunteers.

“Our extraordinary history of filling local food pantry shelves in communities across the country is made possible by our partnerships with these national organizations in
conjunction with the dedication and hard work of letter carriers,” Rolando said.

“The food drive is just one of the many ways letter carriers give back to our communities,” he said. “It’s almost time for us to shine once again.”

Be sure to keep in touch with the food drive’s official social media accounts—on Facebook, “like” facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and on Twitter, follow @StampOutHunger.


Celebrating the 2016 Food Drive

A video recap of NALC's 24th annual national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which took place on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Prepared for NALC's 70th Biennial National Convention.

Click here to download the video file (.MOV format only) from NALC’s Hightail cloud account.