WASHINGTON, May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 24th annual food drive on Saturday, May 14. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country's largest single-day food drive, provides 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 May 14. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes, and distribute them to local food agencies. Visit www.nalc.org/food to learn more.
It is the nation's largest single-day food drive, and 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.
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. 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.
"As letter carriers, we are honored to be able to help people in need," NALC President Fredric Rolando said. "On a daily basis we see the struggles in the communities we serve, and we believe it's important to do what we can to help."
On May 14, as they deliver mail, the nation's 175,000 letter carriers will collect donations left by residents near their mail boxes. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag 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 Saturday.
Carriers will bring the food to local food banks, pantries or shelters. Several national partners are assisting the NALC in the food drive: U.S. Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, United Way Worldwide, United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, Valpak and Valassis.
This year's effort includes a public service announcement with award-winning actor and director Edward James Olmos. Television networks and stations can use this link to find and download high-quality 30- and 60-second versions of the PSA, in English and Spanish.
In a new addition to this year's food drive, letter carriers are teaming up in a few targeted areas with Amp Your Good to get healthy fresh fruits and vegetables to local food banks. Postal patrons living in San Francisco, parts of New York City and Greenwich, CT can go to www.StampYourGood.com to donate fresh produce throughout the month of May.
In its 23 years, the Letter Carrier food drive has collected more than 1.4 billion pounds of food, and in each of the last 12 years it has collected more than 70 million pounds. The goal this year is to build on that success, given the continuing problem of hunger in the United States.
People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to nalc.org/food, facebook.com/StampOutHunger or twitter.com/StampOutHunger.
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.
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SOURCE National Association of Letter Carriers