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Letter carriers' annual Food Drive set for May 13 throughout nation

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) conducted its 25th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 13.

The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country's largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need.

Customers were asked to simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 13. Letter carriers would collect these food donations on that day as they delivered mail along their postal routes and distribute them to local food agencies.

Results are being tabulated now, with an official total set to be released in early June.

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You can upload photos from Saturday’s Food Drive 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. Click here to access the Hightail folder. Photos may be posted online or published in a future edition of The Postal Record, NALC’s monthly magazine for members.

The Letter Carriers’ food drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. It remains as important as ever, with many people facing economic struggles. Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans.

Letter carriers see these struggles in the communities they serve, and believe it's important to do what they can to help.

“It’s an honor to be able to help people in need by leading an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “All of our food drives have been special. The fact that this year marks the 25th anniversary makes this one a bit more special.”

The timing is important, with food banks, pantries and shelters running low on donations from the winter-holidays and with summer looming, when most school meal programs are suspended.

In 2016, letter carriers collected a record 80.1 million pounds of food donations along their postal routes. That brought the total since the NALC’s food drive began in 1993 to 1.5 billion pounds.

On May 13, as they delivered mail, the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers collected the donations that residents left near their mailboxes. Customers were encouraged to leave a sturdy bag (paper or plastic) containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.

Carriers the took the food to local food banks, pantries or shelters.

Several national partners assisted the NALC in the food drive: the U.S. Postal Service, the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Way Worldwide, the AARP Foundation, the AFL-CIO, Valpak and Valassis.

This year’s effort included a public service announcement with actor and director Edward James Olmos.

People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to, or


The 280,000-member National Association of Letter Carriers represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country's oldest labor unions.