The 25th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive – Saturday, May 13, 2017

April 25, 2017

NALC’s 25th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger®Food Drive is just weeks away—on
Saturday, May 13—and with that date drawing ever closer, food drive coordinators in hundreds of NALC branches across America are finalizing their preparations for the nation’s largest one-day food collection event designed to help replenish local food banks in the communities we serve.

“Too many people in this country are going hungry,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We know this to be true because we see it as we deliver to every address in America at least six days a week.”

Sadly, statistics back this up. Nearly 49 million Americans—1 in 6—are unsure where their next meal is coming from. This includes 13 million children as well as about 5 million seniors over age 60—many of whom live on fixed incomes and often are too embarrassed to ask for help.

Since 1993, when the national food drive began, letter carriers in every part of the country have worked with family members, friends, other postal co-workers and allies to use the second Saturday in May as a day to give something back to the communities that know and trust us.

Last year, the food drive collected a record 80 million pounds of nonperishable food, raising the total amount of donations picked up over the quarter-century history of the drive to more than 1.5 billion pounds.

By the time our national food drive rolls around each year, the shelves of food pantries and other charitable organizations often are nearly empty, turning our hard work on Food Drive Day into a much-needed replenishment with summer fast approaching.

“Letter carriers lead this massive collection effort,” President Rolando said, “but we couldn’t make the food drive a reality without the help of our national partners.”

This year’s partners are the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW),
Valpak, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, the AARP Foundation and Valassis.

“These partners provide tangible support that helps to encourage the generous participation of our postal customers,” Rolando said.

For example, local United Way agencies often help branches coordinate distribution of food to local food banks, pantries and shelters. Countless NRLCA members volunteer their time to work with their brothers and sisters in the city carrier craft to help collect and distribute non-perishable food donations in the country’s rural and underserved areas. AFL-CIO’s community services liaisons work with field mobilization staff members, state federations and central labor councils (CLCs) to coordinate support and
recruit volunteers.

“Our extraordinary history of filling local food pantry shelves in communities across the country is made possible by our partnerships with these national organizations in
conjunction with the dedication and hard work of letter carriers,” Rolando said.

“The food drive is just one of the many ways letter carriers give back to our communities,” he said. “It’s almost time for us to shine once again.”

Be sure to keep in touch with the food drive’s official social media accounts—on Facebook, “like” facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and on Twitter, follow @StampOutHunger.

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Wendy Deen Bracewell

Denise Baucom I’m going to remind my customers of this! It’s May 13th

Carol Lynn Schofield

Ooh, back breaker.
Must put in for annual.

Rebecca Fenner

I do every year

Christy Van Inwegen

It is not mandatory to pick it up. If they mandate you to they must compensate you.

Carol Lynn Schofield

Christy Van Inwegen. Yes, we all know that. I’ve wanted to work that day for many many years and have. Gives you a warm fuzzy inside. I’m just too old and broken

Joan Merrikin

Not in Sequim! We collect a week later due to the
Irrigation Festival.

Susie Schulz

I’m not going to remind customers

April K Taylor

Why do we do this and for free
Why do we still deliver phone books
Nobody looks at a damn phone book any more
The ph# in them are NEVER CORRECT NIT EVER!
THEY SIT BY THE BOX FOR A YR until the customer decides to pitch it.
Post Office is so antiquated I mean really it is just stupid and cost us more in days off than anything.
Oh PS I think we can put a notice into supervisor to opt out of picking food up.

Patty Lasley

Always take that day off. My shoulder and back don’t need to be picking up those cans all day. Parcels are bad enough.

Ken Boyd

AL for me that day…

Kathy Dales Chafins

I have a shoulder problem and the next step is surgery, not sure if I should take a chance with it, although it’s for a good cause

Joann Philo Handley

I’m taking annual also, i have a torn tendon in my shoulder and I’m going to work until i can’t raise it and then I’ll have surgery complete shoulder replacement.

Shelly Klecker

This is for city carrier routes not rural. We are not required to pick them up.

Cindy Smith

It is for any route that wants to pick up. Our office picks up about 15,000lbs if food. Win win for community and po.

Melissa Pratt

Rural also. Been doing for 13 years

Shelly Klecker

I’m saying we as rural carriers are not required to pick up. It is voluntary.

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