Food Drive Tool Kit
The 25th annual
National Association of Letter Carriers’
Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive
is on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):
Start here to look for answers to some frequently asked questions.
Branch Food Drive Coordinator Database: Click here to log in to the Branch Food Drive Coordinator's Database (opens a new window or tab)
MEDIA: Click here to access video and audio files suitable for broadcast
Tax forms: To claim your donation as tax-deductible, contact your local food bank or pantry.
Still can’t find what you need? After reading through these pages you still have questions regarding the Food Drive, get in touch with NALC Director of Community Services Pam Donato at 202-662-2489 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Food Drive coordinators
NOTE: Your user name and password were included in your Food Drive coordinators’ information packet.
2016 certificate of appreciation
2016 volunteer activity certificate
Tips for submitting photos, video and news clips
If you have a cell phone camera, shoot photos or a little video of your various collection and sorting activities. Hold the camera horizontally (landscape), hold it as steady as possible, and have fun with it.
Then…send us any footage you shot—photos as well as videos. You can upload these files quite easily by dragging and dropping the files into a special Hightail “cloud” folder—no user name or password required. Once you get on the site, it's self explanatory.
If you are interviewed by local news media in your city (TV or radio), or if your local stations run a story before or after the Food Drive, please let us know the name of the station and the approximate time the story aired.
Sample posts for social media
These will work on both Facebook and Twitter.
- Join us in supporting the Letter Carriers’ #StampOutHunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 13! Learn more: https://www.nalc.org/food
- America’s largest one-day food drive is Saturday, May 13. Help your letter carriers #StampOutHunger: https://www.nalc.org/food
If you need to customize (add photos, logos, etc.), please remember the key points are:
- The official name is the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
- It is held on Saturday, May 13. (Mentioning Saturday is crucial.)
- It is the largest one-day food drive in America.
- The 2016 drive collected more than 80 million pounds of non-perishable food.
- 2017 marks the 25th annual drive.
- All food collected stays local.
The drive can be tagged on Facebook and Twitter using @StampOutHunger.
The official social media hashtag (useable on all platforms) is #StampOutHunger.
En español: Puerto Rico en contra del hambre (Facebook photos for sharing)
Artwork and logos
- Thank you card for customers
- 2016 Family Circus art
- WITHOUT PARTNERS
- WITH PARTNERS
- 2016 Family Circus art in Spanish: PDF | EPS
- 2016 Family Circus line-art/coloring book version PDF
- Stamp Out Hunger logo: Color JPG | Grayscale JPG | Black-and-white JPG | EPS
- Valpak envelope: PDF
- Sample billboard art: JPG
- Facebook cover photo: JPG
- NALC logo: color JPG | grayscale JPG | black-and-white JPG | EPS
- NRLCA logo: color JPG | grayscale JPG | black-and-white JPG | EPS
- USPS logo: color JPG | grayscale JPG | black-and-white JPG | EPS
- UFCW logo: color JPG | color EPS | grayscale JPG | grayscale EPS
- United Way logo: color JPG | grayscale JPG | black-and-white JPG | EPS
- AFL-CIO logo: color JPG | grayscale JPG | black-and-white JPG | EPS
- Valpak logo: color JPG | grayscale JPG | black-and-white JPG | EPS
- Valassis logo: color JPG | grayscale JPG | black-and-white JPG | EPS
- Local food pantries art: JPG | EPS
Promotional materials (bags, printed material, swag)
T-shirts, buttons, lapel pins, caps, signs and banners
Examples of billboards from past years
Documents/proclamations of support
- Letter of support from USPS Postmaster General Megan Brennan
- Letter of support from USPS Chief Operating Officer David Williams
- Letter of support from National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association President Jeanette Dwyer
- Letter of support from United Food and Commerican Workers International Union President Marc Perrone
- Letter of support from United Way Worldwide President Stacey Stewart
- Letter of support from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
- Letter of support from The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union
- Rep. Judy Chu’s House floor speech in support of the food drive JPG
- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s proclamation in support of the 2016 food drive
- Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee’s proclamation in support of the 2016 food drive
- Washington State House of Representatives resolution in support of the 2016 food drive
Activities for children, parents and teachers
Food Drive background/history
The NALC National Food Drive is the outgrowth of a tradition of community service exhibited repeatedly by members of the letter carriers union over the years. These carriers, who go into neighborhoods in every town six days a week, have always been involved when something needed to be done, whether it be collecting funds for a charity like the Muscular Dystrophy Association, watching over the elderly through the Carrier Alert program, assisting the American Red Cross during time of disaster, or rescuing victims of fires, crime, and other mishaps.
For many years, a number of branches had collected food for the needy as part of their community service effort. Discussions were held by the NALC, U.S. Postal Service and AFL-CIO Community Services Department to explore a coordinated effort. A pilot drive was held in 10 cities in October, 1991, and it proved so successful that work began immediately on making it a nationwide effort.
Input from food banks and pantries suggested that late spring would be the best time since by then most food banks in the country start running out of donations received during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods.
A revamped drive was organized for May 15, 1993—the second Saturday in May—with a goal of having at least one NALC branch in each of the 50 states participating. The result was astounding. More than 11 million pounds of food was collected—a one-day record in the United States—involving more than 220 union branches.
From Alaska to Florida and Maine to Hawaii, letter carriers did double duty—delivering mail and picking up donations. It just grew and grew from that point.
In 2010, the food drive surpassed the 1 billion pound park in total food collected over its history.
- July 2016: Customers’ generosity makes for a standout food drive.
- July 2015: During challenging times, letter carriers shoulder the load
- August 2014: The strength of solidarity
- June 2014: A day of action to help feed America’s hungry (preliminary coverage)
- Jan. 2014: Building on a billion
- July 2013: 74 million lbs—It all adds up
- July 2012: “Amazing” Food Drive
- July 2011: Super Saturday
- June 2010: 1 billion pounds of caring
Branch registration documents
Registration and postcard request form. Due to be returned by mail only (no faxes) by March 1, 2016.
Food Drive partnership opportunities
Tips/Talking Points for Sponsor Solicitation Meeting—useful as a reminder tool to accompany the sponsor solicitation DVD and brochure (below)
To help branch Food Drive coordinators build local relationships and to grow their local drives, we’ve created a print brochure and DVD for use in soliciting local drive sponsors.
E-mail email@example.com or call NALC Community and Membership Outreach Coordinator Pam Donato at (202) 662-2489 for more information.
2016 Letter Carriers’ Food Drive partner/sponsor solicitation video
2016 Letter Carriers’ Food Drive brochure
Videos, audio, public service announcements
Award-winning actor Edward James Olmos (Stand and Deliver, “Battlestar Galactica”) is this year’s national spokesperson. He stars in food drive–promoting public service announcements in English and Spanish that feature NALC and UFCW representatives. YouTube videos are easily shared on social media.
TV public service announcements
60-second English | Broadcast version
30-second English | Broadcast version
30-second Spanish | Broadcast version
60-second Spanish | Broadcast version
Radio public service announcements
“Motivational” Food Drive video
Click here to download the video file in .MOV format (hosted on NALC’s Hightail account).
This file is viewable either in Windows Media or Apple Quicktime.