GENEROSITY ALERT: SATURDAY MAY 13 is 25th Annual Letter Carriers’ “STAMP OUT HUNGER” Food Drive. This is a wonderful opportunity to stock your local food pantry’s shelves and help neighbors.
When going out the front door early this Saturday morning, on your way to a long run, walk, exercise session, or friend meet-up, put a few non-perishable grocery item in a bag for your US Postal Service letter carrier to collect. The second Saturday in May has been set aside for this purpose so that “letter carriers can give back to communities”.
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) website promotional information says, “As letter carriers are keenly aware, too many of our customers live in challenging situations, uncertain of where their next meal will come.” Something to think about is that these intrepid postal workers “deliver mail to every address in America at least six days a week.” The NALC President Fredric Rolando indicates that “because we’re such a consistent and familiar presence in neighborhoods, we’re all too familiar with the unfortunate reality of ongoing hunger.”
If you think a few jars of peanut butter, cans of tuna, or boxes of dried pasta don’t add up to much consider this: “Over the last 24 national food drives, letter carriers have collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food, helped by untold thousands of fellow postal employees, retired letter carriers, family members and friends. The food is then distributed to local food pantries within the same communities where it was collected.”
Partners of this year’s food drive include the “U.S. Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, United Way Worldwide, AFL-CIO, AARP Foundation, Valpak and Valassis.”
What to do: set the food bag where the postal worker can see and collect it. Get it out early, by 9am. Other voluteers may be helping your letter carrier. The carrier will be delivering mail AND collecting food, so the time might be a bit later than usual. Participation in the food drive is voluntary, so if you wish to know if your carrier will be involved, check with your local PO.
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