May 10 marks the 22nd anniversary of one of America's great days of giving, the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
In 2013, the NALC, in partnership with the Rural Letter Carriers Association and the United Way, collected of 74 million pounds of food nationwide. Locally, Branch 155 members, RLCA members, coworkers and volunteers collected and distributed more than 40,000 pounds of food to Belleville area food pantries. Also, carriers and volunteers in the following communities collected and distributed over 73,000 pounds of food to their local food pantries: Alhambra, Baldwin, Breese, Carlyle, Caseyville, Collinsville, Columbia, Ellis Grove, Evansville, Edwardsville, Freeburg, Glen Carbon, Highland, Lenzburg, Marine, Mascoutah, Millstadt, New Athens, New Baden, O'Fallon, Pocahontas, Prairie du Rocher, Scott Air Force Base, Smithton, Sorento, Trenton, Troy and Waterloo.
Currently, 49 million Americans are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Sixteen million are children who feel hungers impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school.
Participating in this year's Letter Carrier National Food Drive is simple. Just leave nonperishable food donations in a bag by your mailbox on May 10 and your letter carrier will pick them up. I invite people to join in America's great day of giving and help Stamp Out Hunger.
Treasurer/Food drive coordinator
National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 155 Belleville