Letter Carrier’s Food Drive

The key to good bargain grocery shopping is to stock up when things are on sale. Build your pantry, build your freezer, make your basement look like a 1960’s fallout shelter. Sometimes this stockpiling of food may lead you to have more than you may need or can use before expiration. A great way to do some spring cleaning in your pantry is with the USPS annual letter carrier’s food drive being held this year on Saturday May 8th. Simply put a bag of non-perishable food next to your mailbox that day to donate. I got the above reminder in the mail today and have started putting together a few bags of groceries to donate. I may laid-off and poor but I get a great deal on my food by shopping smart. I’m happy to make a donation that can hopefully help out another fella or family that may need a break.

Here’s some more information:

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) announced that the nation’s largest annual food drive to combat hunger will be conducted this year on Saturday, May 8.  On that day, letter carriers will collect non-perishable donations from homes as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

The 18th annual NALC National Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.  Carriers collected a record 73.4 million pounds of food in last year’s drive. 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.

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.

In New York City, where transportation limitations preclude mailbox pickup, citizens are asked to take donations to their local post offices between May 3 and 8.

Other co-sponsors of the drive with the letter carriers’ union are the U.S. Postal Service’s Priority Mail; Campbell Soup Company; Valpak; National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association; Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network; United Way Worldwide and its local United Ways; and the AFL-CIO.



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