CFL News
May 03, 2012

Letter Carriers launch national food drive

"Stamp Out Hunger" food drive aims to collect more than 70 million pounds of food for food pantries on May 12

National Association of Letter Carriers logoThe Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive benefitting Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. In 2011, generous Americans donated 70.2 million pounds of food, which marked the eighth consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds were collected by letter carriers.

“We’re incredibly excited for the 20th anniversary of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive,” said Fredric V. Rolando, NALC president. “We’re asking people across the country for their support to make this year’s drive the most successful in its 20 year history. It’s so easy to make a donation: simply leave a bag of non-perishable food by your mailbox to help neighbors in need. That’s all it takes.”

Letter carriers across the country distributed brown paper bags to households in advance of the May 12 collection day.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka also backed the drive and asked the labor federation’s affiliates, state federations and central labor councils to join the NALC in promoting and conducting the event.

“With America still reeling with devastating unemployment, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive comes at a critical time,” he said. “With the support of unions all across America, the NALC can set a record in collections, helping those who have lost their jobs in this economy and the millions more facing economic uncertainty.”

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