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July 06, 2015

Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive Collects Over 165,000 Pounds of Food for Chicago Communities

Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive Collects Over 165,000 Pounds of Food for Chicago Communities

The annual food drive of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), which was held across the country on Saturday May 9, collected over 70 million pounds of food. Here in Chicago, 165,000 pounds of food were donated, which were picked up by NALC letter carriers, sorted and then delivered to over 60 local community food banks, pantries and shelters.

Chicago’s labor community also stepped up to help promote this year’s food drive. The Chicago Federation of Labor and many of its affiliates collected food at their local union halls to help raise awareness about the annual food drive, which is the largest in the nation.

NALC Branch 11 president Mack Julion said the food drive has a special meaning for his branch here in Chicago. “The food drive is especially meaningful to letter carriers in Chicago because we started a similar concept here over 30 years ago,” he said. “Our members work in every community in Chicago and see firsthand the need within our neighborhoods. I am grateful for the support of the CFL and other local unions who helped promote the food drive and for the impact it will have on our Chicago communities.” Food Drive

The NALC food drive is part of a coordinated, nationwide effort that was launched by the NALC, U.S. Postal Service and AFL-CIO Community Services Department over 20 years ago. Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved, and over 1.4 billion pounds of food have been collected since its inception.

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