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Letter Carriers' Food Drive

Letter Carriers' Food Drive

Chicago Unions Support NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive


Chicago’s labor unions, led by National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 11, are celebrating the success of this year’s NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The union-led drive helped collect over 320,000 pounds of food for local food banks. Over the last six years alone, NALC Branch 11 members delivered 2 million pounds of food to local food pantries each spring ahead of high-demand summer months, when food banks run low on supplies and children no longer receive food through schools.

Labor-affiliated groups hosted various locations for union and community members to drop off donations, including the CFL, Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 73, UNITE HERE Local 1, Automobile Mechanics’ Local 701, SAG-AFTRA Chicago, the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, and Roberta Wood’s Unity Center.

The CFL and the Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council helped with fundraising and outreach, and many unions, including UFCW Local 1546, IBEW Local 134, Painters District Council 14, Roofers Local 11, Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, and IAM Local 126, donated to the effort, helping purchase bags which were given to Chicago residents to encourage them to leave donations for their local letter carrier to deliver.

The NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was started by NALC members in Chicago 26 years ago and has since expanded to NALC branches throughout the country, becoming the largest single-day food drive in the United States.

The Chicago Federation of Labor thanks the men and women of NALC Branch 11, especially Branch 11 President and CFL Executive Board member Mack Julion, for their leadership, as well as all unions and union members who contributed to supporting the drive.