Palms Central Letter Carrier/NALC Branch 1690 Food Drive Coordinator Starr Hunter has been dedicated to promoting the annual NALC “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive for the past 25 years. This year will be no different. Photo: Curlita Rogers-Saunders
The National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC’s) 26th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive is on Saturday, May 12.
Nearly 49 million Americans — 1 in 7 — are unsure of the source of their next meal. This includes 12 million children, as well as about 7 million seniors over age 60 — many of whom live on fixed incomes and often are too proud to ask for help.
Last year, active and retired letter carriers, with help from thousands of volunteers as well as NALC’s national partners, collected 75 million pounds of food, bringing the 25-year grand total to almost 1.6 billion pounds.
Postal employees have an opportunity to make a difference in helping families in need on Saturday, May 12. Remember to leave a generous donation of non-perishable items at your mailbox for your Letter Carrier or Rural Letter Carrier to pick up and deliver to a local food bank or pantry.
The top requested non-perishable food items are: cereal, pasta, pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals (such as soups, chili and pasta), 100% juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein (tuna, chicken and turkey), beans (canned or dry). You also can donate healthy, low-sodium, low-sugar items such as beans, oatmeal and other whole grains, and canola or olive oil.