Tomorrow you can help fight the national hunger crisis by putting non-perishable food items out with your morning mail. The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its one-day 19th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive tomorrow, Saturday, May 14, 2011, the largest food drive of its kind. Postal workers will gather donated food in their trucks to help replenish dwindling food pantry stores in the communities they serve.
From the NALC:
Demands for food assistance have reached record levels from what seems to be an almost endless line of victims of the worst recession since the Great Depression. National and local NALC food drive coordinators hope to expand on last year’s record of 77.1 million pounds of donations collected along postal routes.
Mail carriers are encouraging their 44 million postal customers to place donated non-perishable items in bags beside their mailboxes or in lobbies of residential buildings early in the day to ensure pick up. Organizers and carriers look at the annual event as their way to make a dent in the poverty they see all around them.
From Minnesota Public Radio:
Mike Zagaros is President of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 9 in Minneapolis. He said postal workers do this every year because they see people are struggling.
This year, the NALC is partnering with numerous organizations to help make the food drive an overwhelming success through advertising, PSAs and transportation assistance. Among groups donating resources are the AFL-CIO, Campbell’s Soup and The United Way Worldwide.
“We’re the eyes and ears in the community,’ Zagaros said. ‘We’re out there six days a week. We know when people are hurting. We see the foreclosure notices and everything else. We know there is a need.”
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