Postal workers’ goal: ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

Postal workers’ goal: ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 12:02 am

Postal workers’ goal: ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ | Postal workers’ goal: ‘Stamp Out Hunger’
Union City residents recently received a post card in the mail and local postal carrier Felicia Webb hopes they didn’t just toss it aside and forget about it.
It tells about Stamp Out Hunger, the nation’s largest annual food drive to combat hunger. The annual event, hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers, will be conducted Saturday.
Letter carriers will collect non-perishable donations from homes as they deliver mail along their postal routes. Residents are being asked to place the food items in bags and leave them at their mailboxes.
Locally, the food drive will be conducted by carriers in Union City. Ms. Webb said it is especially important for residents to give this year because a major portion of the food items collected will go to help local flood victims. (See related photo, Page 12.)
She said she’s aware of several churches which were flooded recently and said a portion of the food will go to restock their pantries. Others benefitting will be Meals on Wheels and the American Red Cross. Churches which need assistance with food items are asked to contact Ms. Webb or Roger Burress at the Union City post office at 885-9711.
This is the 19th year the NALC National Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” drive has been held. In 2010, carriers collected 77.1 million pounds of food donations, pushing the total to more than one billion pounds since the food drive began. 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.
As letter carriers start toward the 2 billion pound mark, NALC president Fredric V. Rolando emphasized that there has never been a greater need for a successful drive. About 50 million Americans live in families that lack sufficient food. One of every three — 17 million — is a child.
“In every corner of this country, there are people and families who are hungry, including children,” Rolando said. “As letter carriers, we have the privilege of serving communities six days a week, of getting to know people and we are grateful to have the opportunity to serve them in this way as well.”
In addition to the National Association of Letter Carriers, Campbell Soup Company, Feeding America and Valpak, also supporting the drive as national partners are the U.S. Postal Service, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO and Uncle Bob’s Self Storage.
Published in The Messenger 5.12.11

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