Community service

2016 Food Drive: Into the final turn

As we approach the last few days before our Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive on Saturday, May 14, I’d like to highlight the things we can all still do to promote awareness and substantially increase the food collections for our local food agency partners.

I know there has already been a tremendous amount of work put in this year, with many of you starting your work last fall. And though we could sit back and just coast to the finish line, I know that’s not in our DNA—more likely, we’ll all find the energy for a strong kick in our food drive’s final stretch.

Here’s a list of things you all can still do to affect this year’s success:

As we move toward the finish line for 2016, make sure all the food is counted and recorded. Your local branch will need help herding all the totals from each station. Help to make sure we count every pound. And branch presidents, complete your final results form (which is tan-colored) and mail it in before June 10.

Awards for first place in each of the 11 categories will be presented at the 2016 National Convention in Los Angeles.

No matter the outcome, you are all winners and should feel proud of all you’ve done to help those in need. Saying “thank you” to all of you—branch, state and regional coordinators, and all letter carriers across the country—seems so inadequate. Yet I know that you all have an understanding of the power of your work. We are America’s letter carriers delivering hope. And together we are making a positive difference in our world. Thank you!