Saturday, May 9 marks the 23rd anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving, the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
In 2014, the NALC, in partnership with the Rural Letter Carriers Association and the United Way, collected more than 72.5 million pounds of food nationwide. Locally, Branch 155 members, RLCA members, coworkers and volunteers collected and distributed more than 34,000 pounds of food to Belleville area food pantries. Also, carriers and volunteers in the following communities collected and distributed more than 68,000 pounds of food to their local food pantries: Alhambra, Baldwin, Breese, Carlyle, Caseyville, Collinsville, Columbia, Edwardsville, Freeburg, Glen Carbon, Highland, Mascoutah, Millstadt, New Athens, New Baden, O’Fallon, Pocahontas, Smithton, Sorento, Trenton, Troy, Valmeyer and Waterloo.
Hunger affects about 49 million people around the country, including millions of children and senior citizens. Sixteen million are children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring.
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 9 and your letter carrier will pick it up. I invite you to join in America’s great day of giving and help “Stamp Out Hunger.”