Stamp Out Hunger drive Saturday

Published 10:11 am Friday, May 13, 2016

Mail carriers will pick up non-perishable food items

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the U. S. Postal Service and other partners will join together on Saturday to help more than 48 million Americans, including one in five children, who face hunger every day.

In addition to delivering mail, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America, are 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.

To participate, residents are asked to leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by their mailbox on Saturday and the Postal Service carrier will pick them up.

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“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 more than 71 million pounds of food collected by Postal Service carriers nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.