CFL News
June 15, 2017

Annual Food Drive Surpasses Expectations Thanks to Strong Support from Labor

Annual Food Drive Surpasses Expectations Thanks to Strong Support from Labor

This year, the Chicago Federation of Labor was proud to once again be a sponsor, supporter and donor for the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Led by NALC Branch 11, the drive helped stock food pantries and depositories in communities across Chicago.

This union-led drive served as an opportunity for the labor community in Cook County to step up and lend a hand to families in need throughout the city and suburbs. The CFL’s affiliated unions answered the call, and over 25 local unions and labor organizations collected food at their halls, promoted the drive to members, or sponsored donation bags to be distributed to USPS customers.

The CFL, along with the Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council, UFCW Local 1546, Lou’s Lads Foundation, AARP, and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, helped NALC Branch 11 create and deliver 500,000 bags to Chicago residents to encourage participation in the food drive.

At the May CFL Delegates meeting, an impromptu collection was started by delegates during the “Good and Welfare” portion of the meeting, with a CFL offer to match the donations dollar for dollar. By the end of the meeting, the delegates raised $603, with the CFL contributing an additional $603 to the food drive.

At the June CFL Executive Board meeting, NALC Branch 11 President Mack Julion reported approximately 600,000 pounds of food were collected with contributions still arriving. This crushed the total amount raised in 2016, which was 137,000 pounds. Julion added there was so much food that they increased the number of pantries that would receive the donations.

Labor’s contribution to the food drive is a tremendous demonstration of the union values that organized labor stands for every day. The CFL would like to thank everyone who donated either food or money to the drive for their effort to show solidarity with families in need throughout Chicagoland.