The Letter Carriers (NALC) 20th annual food drive was another huge success. As of this week, NALC members collected more than 70.5 million pounds of food during the union's Stamp Out Hunger drive May 12, but with the tallies still coming in, this year’s total tops last year’s 70.2 million pounds. Says NALC President Fredric Rolando:
These results will enable the food pantries that we supply across the country to help feed the 50 million Americans, one-third of them children, who live in families that lack sufficient food. Six days a week, as we deliver mail to every address in America, letter carriers see firsthand the needs in the communities we work in, and we’re privileged to lead an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans.
NALC’s Community Service coordinator Linda Giordano says the drive enables letter carriers "to help replenish food banks during difficult summer months when millions of children have no school breakfast or lunch programs to count on.
NALC's food drive, the largest in the nation, is held 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. The nation's 200,000 letter carriers collected non-perishable donations residents left near their mailboxes.
Since the annual food drive began in 1993, letter carriers have collected more than 1.2 billion pounds of food.