‘Stamping out’ hunger


Nation’s largest one-day food drive is May 14

By Eddie Mowen Jr. - emowen@civitasmedia.com



PREBLE COUNTY — U.S. Postal workers in Camden and Eaton will join the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the U. S. Postal Service and other partners on Saturday, May 14, for the annual food drive which will benefit local food banks in the communities.

More than 48 million Americans, including one in five children, face hunger every day, according to officials.

In addition to delivering mail, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America will be conducting the nation’s largest one-day food drive. Nearly 1,500 local NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands will collect donated non-perishable food items for distribution to local food banks and pantries.

In addition to the NALC and Postal Service, other supporters of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive include: the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA); AFL-CIO; United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW); United Way; Valpak and Valassis.

“For over two decades, the Postal Service has joined the National Association of Letter Carriers and others to help Stamp Out Hunger in America,” said Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan. “As we come together to help feed America’s hungry, I encourage our customers across the country to support this vital one-day food drive. Working together, we will continue making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans in need.”

Last year’s food drive resulted in over 71 million pounds of food collected by Postal Service carriers nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people.

“The food drive’s timing is crucial,” officials said in a press release.

Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.

How to donate

Leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by the mailbox on Saturday, May 14, and the Postal Service carrier will do the rest. It’s that simple and millions of Americans will be helped.

Learn more about the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive today. Capture the action in your neighborhood on or before Saturday, May 14, by sharing photos on Facebook and Twitter using the #StampOutHunger hashtag.

Nation’s largest one-day food drive is May 14

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

emowen@civitasmedia.com

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