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25th Annual Stamp Out Hunger

Letter carriers’ 25th annual food drive set for Sat., May 13 throughout nation

WASHINGTON – The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 25th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 13. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, providing residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in the community.

Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 13. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes and distribute them to local food pantries. Visit www.nalc.org/food to learn more.

The Stamp Out Hunger 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.  Alamance County, NC is proud to be one of the communities participating! 

With the economic struggles many Americans face, the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is as critical as ever. Not only do millions of Americans go hungry, organizations that help them are in need of replenishments.

Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans. In Alamance County more than 15% of the population faces food insecurity.  Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.

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

On Saturday, May 13, as they deliver mail, the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers will collect donations left by residents near their mailboxes. There a many volunteer opportunities available on event day, to sign-up please visit http://www.volunteeralamance.org/.  People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag—paper or plastic—containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on that Saturday.  People are encouraged to leave healthy items that are low in salt and sugar and high in fiber and protein.  For healthy donations ideas please use this list provided by our local Health Department.

Letter carriers will distribute food to local pantries. Several national partners are assisting the NALC in the food drive: the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), Valpak, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, the AARP Foundation and Valassis.

Since the first national Food Drive in 1993, the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food; last year’s drive brought in a record 80 million pounds of food.  More than 80,000 pounds of food was collected and distributed last year in Alamance County.  

Questions may be directed locally to:  Allied Churches (336) 229-0881, Salvation Army (336) 227-5529, Dream Align (336) 270-5238, S.A.F.E (336) 525-2120, or United Way of Alamance County (336) 438-2000.

Additionally more information can be found online: facebook.com/StampOutHunger or twitter.com/StampOutHunger.

Volunteer Opportunities are posted online: http://www.volunteeralamance.org/

*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.