Letter carriers help stamp out hunger during May 10 national food drive

Letter carriers in more than 10,000 communities across America will join forces to help stamp out hunger. On Saturday, May 10, postal employees in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands, will collect non-perishable food items and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters across the country.

They will be participating in the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) food drive, the world’s largest annual single-day food drive, the world’s largest single-day food drive.

Since the drive began in 1993, postal customers have donated more than three-quarters of a billion pounds of food. Last year, carriers collected 74 million pounds of food. Postal carriers ask every American to remember the less fortunate Saturday, May 10.

An estimated 35 million people are at risk of hunger in America, including 12 million children. In late spring, most food banks begin running out of donations received during the holiday period.

This drive is one way people can join the U.S. Postal Service to help stamp out hunger right in their own communities.

More than 120 million postcards were mailed to customers in towns and cities throughout America letting them know about the food drive. Customers who did not receive a postcard can contact their local post office to see if it is participating in this year’s drive.

Customers are asked to place bags of non-perishable food items, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers the mail Saturday, May 10. The letter carrier will do the rest, taking the food to the post office where it is sorted and delivered to an area food bank or pantry.

Residents can sign up to recceive an email reminding them to place non-perishable food items next to their mailbox at www.helpstamp outhunger.com.