On Saturday May 12th, all of us have a chance to help those less fortunate with the National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers and it could not be any easier to participate.
Just leave a bag of healthy canned goods or nonperishable food by your mailbox Saturday morning and your local letter carrier will pick up the donations and deliver them to local food banks and pantries.
It's simple. Fill a bag. Help feed families.
The Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the outgrowth of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ tradition of community service, a tradition exhibited repeatedly by members of the letter carriers’ union over the years.
These carriers, who go into neighborhoods in every town at least 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 NALC’s branches had collected food for the needy as part of their community service efforts. A national, coordinated effort by the NALC to help fight hunger in America grew out of discussions in 1991 by a number of leaders at the time.
A pilot drive was held in 10 cities in October of 1991, and it proved so successful that work began immediately on making it a nationwide effort. 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 220 union branches collected more than 11 million pounds of food—a one-day record in the United States.
From Alaska to Florida, from Maine to Hawaii, letter carriers did double duty on Food Drive Day—delivering mail and picking up donations. The Food Drive just grew and grew from that point.
In 2010, the food drive surpassed the 1 billion pound mark in total food collected over its history.
You too can make a difference on Saturday May 12th for a family in need by making a canned food donation to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Just leave your bag of canned food items by your mailbox and your local letter carrier will pick up the food when dropping off your mail. Your donations will then be distributed to the local food banks.
If you can walk to your mailbox, you can help fight hunger. It's that easy.