Letter Carriers’ food drive this Saturday, May 14

Posted May 09, 2011, at 5:25 p.m.

United Way of Eastern Maine and The National Association of Letter Carriers will set out for their Annual Stamp Out Hunger Drive on Saturday, May 14.  On that day, letter carriers will collect non-perishable donations directly from mailboxes as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

Approximately 48,000 people in Eastern Maine face hunger this year.

The 19th annual NALC National Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.  The drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in over 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Carriers in Eastern Maine collected more than 90,000 pounds of food in last year’s drive.

Donations will be collected by more than 1,400 local branches of the 295,000-member postal union and delivered to food banks, pantries and shelters that serve the communities where they are collected.  Assisting in the effort are rural letter carriers and other postal employees, as well as members of other unions and thousands of civic volunteers.

“Hunger impacts our community in many ways,” said John Kurpchak, president of United Way of Eastern Maine. “Food banks, pantries and shelters need our help on Saturday, May 14.  Let’s make a commitment to a healthier future for everyone.”

Kuropchak also noted that this is an important time of year to donate, since families are helped during the summer months as opposed to programs that assist during the school year. Participants are encouraged to leave their bags of food out early as volunteers assisting the letter carriers often start early Saturday morning. Any questions about the drive can be answered by a local letter carrier or a local post office.

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