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U.S. Postal Workers Collect Food From You “Stamp Out Hunger”

U.S. Postal Workers Collect Food From You “Stamp Out Hunger”

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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11:04PM PDT on May 22, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:04PM PDT on May 22, 2011

This is a wonderful way for people to reach out to others! Here in Tennessee, we were hit by a flood one year ago which left many people jobless, homeless and in desperate need of assistance. It's comforting to know that people are out there trying to give what they can and be of service to those they may have never met. God bless the USPS and everyone who donated to the food drive!

5:57AM PDT on May 19, 2011

My sister's family in the States needed a lot of financial help, too. I totally empathise with the need and think this food drive is an awesome idea.

10:57PM PDT on May 18, 2011

I've already commented on this. But also it's not only the postal workers who do this. Their are many family's who join together on a city block and collect goods for the homeless and those who hunger. They may be in your neighbor hood and you don't even know it of these family's who do this. We have this where I live and it's a beautiful feeling caring and sharing.

10:04AM PDT on May 17, 2011

thanks for sharing

9:42AM PDT on May 17, 2011

A very good thing indeed. However,
I'd rather they just did their jobs
without attitude.

9:15AM PDT on May 17, 2011

Keep up the good work brothers and sisters of the US Postal Service!

4:27AM PDT on May 17, 2011

I forgot..I'd seen a sign locally a few days before and made a mental note but then forgot on Saturday....they need to advertise it more.

1:29AM PDT on May 17, 2011

Thanks

12:55PM PDT on May 16, 2011

What a great idea! Shame I live in the UK so can't get involved but it's still good to hear stories like this.

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