Postal Service food drive May 14

Posted at 12:47 AM, May 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 02:47:11-04

Saturday will be a huge day for the U.S. Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Both are joining together on May 14 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 in more than 10,000 cities and towns across the U.S. will conduct the nation’s largest one day food drive.

The carriers will collect non-perishable food items for distribution to local food banks and pantries.

In addition to the NALC and Postal Service, other supporters of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive include: the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA); AFL-CIO; United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW); United Way; Valpak and Valassis.

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

The food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.

How the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Works

Leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by the mailbox on Saturday, May 14, and the Postal Service carrier will do the rest. It’s that simple and millions of Americans will be helped.

Learn more about the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive today. Capture the action on or before Saturday, May 14, by sharing photos on Facebook and Twitter using the #StampOutHungerhashtag.