Letter carriers to pick up canned goods on May 12

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Saturday, May 12, marks the 26th anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving — the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality for too many — hunger.

Each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers collect non-perishable food donations from customers. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in Laurel who need help.

Participating in this year’s Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is simple. Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 12, and your letter carrier will do the rest. Please help in the fight to end hunger, as the USPS celebrates  its 26th anniversary year in America’s great day of giving.

Last year, the USPS collected more than 75 million pounds of food nationally, feeding an estimated 64 million people. Over the course of its 25-year history, the drive has collected approximately 1.6 billion pounds of food, including in Puerto Rico, Guam and U.S. Virgin Islands.

The need for food donations is great. Thirteen million children feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform well in school.  More than 5 million seniors over age 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.

The food drive’s timing is crucial, USPS officials said. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By spring, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.

Right now, your local post office is gathering up volunteers who will help collect the food items donated. The USPS is looking for sponsors to provide refreshments, vehicles and monetary donations (payable to NALC Branch 1437), to make this event one of the biggest this area has had. 

Anyone interested in helping out in this way can contact Demetria Pittman at 601-818-9662 or email nalcb1437@outlook.com, subject- Food Drive 2018, by April 30.