Local postal workers will be collecting more than the mail Saturday, May 10th, 2014 as they partner with United Way of Marion County to participate in the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) annual “Stamp out Hunger Food Drive.” Letter carriers from more than 10,000 cities and towns across America will focus their efforts on restocking the community food banks, pantries and shelters that millions of American families will rely on throughout the summer.
This year marks the 22nd year of the world’s largest single-day food drive. It is truly remarkable that since the inception of Stamp Out Hunger in 1993, the efforts of letter carriers and postal branches across the country have resulted in the collection of well over one billion pounds of food for those in need.
We hope that on Saturday, May 10th, you’ll look through your cupboards to see if you have canned goods or boxed foods you can spare. Local representatives of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will be collecting non-perishable food items from residential customers on their postal routes. All you need to do is place the items next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers the mail. The carrier will do the rest. Contributions will be returned to the post office, where they will be sorted, weighed and re-distributed to area food pantries and other non-profit agencies that can use them. Items can also be dropped off at the Post Office on Barks Road between 8:30am and 3:00pm that day.
Last year, local letter carriers collected nearly 30,000 pounds of food in Marion County alone. Participating is simple. Just leave some canned soup, juice, pasta, cereal, rice or other non-perishable items in Saturday’s mail.
The United Way of Marion County is proud to once again provide coordination and promotion of the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive in the Marion community. To find out more or to get involved, please call 740-383-3108.