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Letter Carriers’ 25th Annual Food Drive Is May 13th – Help Those in Need

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The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 25nd annual national food drive on Saturday, May 13.

The 280,000-member National Association of Letter Carriers, founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, is among the country’s oldest labor unions. It represents U.S. Postal Service letter carriers, active and retired, all across the country.

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Help those in need – donate on May 13th


The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is the country’s largest single-day food drive. The annual event is held on the second Saturday in May in thousands of cities & towns. This effort provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need.

Easy To Help

Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 13. Letter carriers will collect the food along their postal routes and later distribute the donations to local food agencies. Visit for more details.

Hunger affects about 50 million people in the United States, including children, senior citizens and veterans.

At this time of year many food banks, pantries and shelters are running low on donations from the winter-holidays. With the summer vacation looming, school meal programs are suspended, meaning too many children struggle to eat.

Letter carriers see these struggles in the communities they serve, and believe it’s important to do what they can to help.

“It’s an honor to be able to help people in need by leading an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “All of our food drives have been special. The fact that this year marks the 25th anniversary makes this one a bit more special.”

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A little effort makes a huge difference to those in need


On May 13, as they deliver mail, the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers will collect the donations that residents leave near their mail boxes. People should leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods next to their mailbox before normal mail delivery on Saturday.

What To Give

Suggested items include: cereal, pasta, pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals (such as soups, chili and pasta), 100% juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein (tuna, chicken and turkey), beans (canned or dry).

Last year, letter carriers collected a record 80.1 million pounds of food donations along their postal routes. Bringing the total since the NALC’s food drive began in 1993 to 1.5 billion pounds.

The 2017 campaign includes a public service announcement with actor and director Edward James Olmos.

People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to, or


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