May 11 will be the 21st anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.
In 2012, the National Association of Letter Carriers, in partnership with the Rural Letter Carriers Association and the United Way, collected more than 70 million pounds of food nationwide. Locally, Branch 155 members, RLCA members, coworkers and volunteers collected and distributed more than 48,000 pounds of food to Belleville area food pantries.
Also, carriers and volunteers in the following communities collected and distributed over 95,000 pounds of food to their local food pantries: Alhambra, Baldwin, Breese, Carlyle, Collinsville, Columbia, Edwardsville, Freeburg, Glen Carbon, Highland, Lenzburg, Marine, Mascoutah, Millstadt, New Athens, New Baden, O'Fallon, Pocahontas, Smithton, Trenton, Troy and Waterloo.
Currently, 50 million Americans are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Children in these households feel hunger's impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. And nearly 3 million seniors over age 65 must deal with hunger as well, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.
Participating in this year's Letter Carrier National Food Drive is simple. Just leave a nonperishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on May 11 and your letter carrier will pick it up.
Join in America's great day of giving and help "Stamp Out Hunger."
Dan Davis, Treasurer/Food