YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Every second Saturday in May, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) puts on its Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
Led by letter carriers represented by the NALC in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America, with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food over the past 24 years.
Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters.
Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved.
The United States Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association and United Way are among many organizations that are supporting this year’s food drive.
To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on May 14. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for needy families.
With 49 million people facing hunger every day in America, including nearly 16 million children, this drive is one way you can help those in your community who need help.