On Saturday May 14th members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) are conducting their 19th annual food drive. Virginia’s NALC members will pick up and deliver tons of food assistance left at mailboxes to those in need all across the Commonwealth.
The “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation and comes at a time when over 50 million Americans are struggling to put food on the table.
Ron Hinton President of NALC Branch 496 noted, ““With the economy in the shape it is, this is needed now more than ever.” Adding, “everyone can participate and help families in their community.”
Virginia branch coordinators work with local churches and food pantries to arrange pick ups and drop offs of donated food. NALC Branch 496, for instance, collects food for the Central Virginia Food Bank.
NALC chooses this time of year because it’s often when donations from the holiday season are running out and food collected in this food drive can keep local food banks stocked for months.
Ron explains that his branch is trying something new this year. Instead of sending out post cards reminding people of the food drive, mail carriers in and around Richmond will be delivering “Stamp Out Hunger” paper bags to residents on May 11th and May 12th to use that Saturday.
“Everyone seems to be really excited. All of the employees who work at the postal service just get a good feeling from helping those less fortunate. It’s gratifying to be able to lend a hand to someone going through a rough patch.”
– Ron Hinton, President and food drive coordinator, NALC Branch 496
What to do:
- Place non-perishable dry and canned food items (no glass please) in a bag and place it by your mailbox. If you live in an apt. or neighborhood with a cluster box, just put the food wherever you go to collect your mail.
- Help spread the word to your members, friends and family through fliers, reminding them in person and by “liking” the “Stamp Out Hunger” page on Facebook.
Thank you to all of our NALC brothers and sisters for their participation this year.