Special Delivery this Saturday, May 10! Wisconsin Letter Carriers, in conjunction with local area food shelters, will collect non-perishable food items at your mailbox. The National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) 22nd annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food collection is the largest one-day food drive in the nation and just one way union members give back to area communities.
Letter Carriers collected more than 74.4 million pounds of food last year, bringing the 21-year total to 1.3 billion pounds. All you need to do is collect canned goods and dry food, such as tuna, canned meat, soups, pasta, rice and cereal, and leave them in a bag or box by your mailbox. Your letter carriers will pick them up as they deliver your mail.
Donations are given directly to local food pantries. While most food pantries get the bulk of their donations around Christmas and Thanksgiving, the NALC drive is done during the spring, when many food pantries are struggling. Also, since many school meal programs are suspended during summer months, millions of children are left scrambling to find alternate sources of nutrition and the food banks are a vital resource for families in need.