Thursday, May 06, 2010

Postal Food Drive This Saturday

The National Association of Letter Carriers website reports, "Only a few days remain until the May 8 NALC National Food Drive—an icon in the nation's effort to help millions of families facing hunger—with expectations that the drive will break through the 1 billion pound mark in total donations collected since the union's effort began 18 years ago."

According to the site, "The drive this year hopes to exceed last year's 73.4 million pounds total, which would easily surpass the 1 billion total mark, since the current total stands at 982.7 million pounds."

NALC President Fredric V. Rolando emphasized that as successful as the food drive has been in the past, it simply must be even better this year.

He's quoted as saying in an April 5 article on the site as saying, "“Millions and millions of families are suffering – struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table. Food banks, pantries and shelters need our help more than ever this year. As families count on them for support, they’re counting on us and we will not back off on our commitment.”

Rolando also noted that donations are particularly critical at this time since most school lunch programs are suspended during the summer months and millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.

You can help “Stamp Out Hunger” by putting non-perishable food items in a bag and place it by your mailbox before your mail carrier usually arrives.

Canned meats and fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice are the types of items that will help local families in need. Please do not include items that are expired or in glass jars.

To learn more, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM