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Representatives recognize and praise NALC’s Annual Food Drive

Today, Reps. David Joyce (R-OH), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), and Tim Ryan (D-OH) introduced H. Res. 890, a resolution recognizing NALC’s 26th “Stamp Out Hunger®” Hunger Food Drive. Additionally, Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) took to the floor of the House of Representatives to commend the food drive.

“The 26th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the country’s largest single-day food drive,” said Rep. Thompson. “It is the brainchild of the National Association of Letter Carriers in response to the need they saw every day on their routes.

“Letter carriers go into neighborhoods in every town at least 6 days a week, and they have a keen awareness of their neighbors in need,” Rep. Thompson continued. “After receiving input from food banks and pantries, the letter carriers determined that late spring would be the best time for a food drive since by then most food banks in the country start running out of donations received during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods.”

Since 1992, NALC has helped communities across the country by holding a national one-day food drive. Before that, letter carriers had actively worked on food drives at the local level with a great deal of success, so NALC, after holding pilot food drives in 10 cities decided to roll it out nationally.

This year’s food drive is on Saturday, May 12.

“As the eyes and ears of our nation’s neighborhoods and communities, letter carriers care deeply about those we serve,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We remain uniquely qualified to recognize, respond, and combat the issue of hunger in communities through our annual food drive.”

NALC encourages letter carriers to reach out to their Members of Congress and ask them to sign onto the resolution. You can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, and provide your ZIP code to get in contact with your member.

For more information about this year’s food drive, click here.

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