Stamp Out Hunger

Annual food drive set for May 14

Posted May 10, 2011, at 11:01 p.m.

The nation’s largest annual food drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” will be conducted Saturday, May 14. On that day, letter carriers will collect non-perishable donations from homes as they deliver mail along their routes.

The annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive — held in conjunction with the Postal Service — is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. The effort will help feed families in all 50 states.

“With the commitment and dedication of thousands of letter carriers, rural letter carriers, and postal and community volunteers, plus the involvement of our corporate partners, we will make a difference in helping to feed America’s hungry and surpass the 2010 national total of 77 million pounds of food collected,” said Northern New England District Manager Deborah Essler. “The generosity of our customers and the determination of our employees have never been stronger.”

Donations from last year’s event pushed the overall total since the annual drive began 19 years ago to more than 1 billion pounds.

Association President Fredric Rolando said that as successful as the food drive has been in the past, it must be better this year due to the struggling economy.

“The NALC Food Drive is critical for millions of American families who are struggling to make ends meet during the recession,” said Rolando. “It is the one day that all citizens have the opportunity, with the help of their letter carrier, to easily donate food to needy families in their community.”

More than 120 million postcards — designed by the Postal Service and co-sponsored by the Campbell Soup Company — will be mailed to customers to remind them of the drive.

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