For more than 20 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) has conducted an annual nationwide food drive on the second Saturday in May.
Customers are asked to leave non-perishable food donations by their mailbox before their carrier arrives onSaturday, May 9.
All food collected is donated to local food banks and stays in the community. The NALC food drive is held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
Among the many local volunteer groups that will help with the food drive are the United Way, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Collier Harvest, Publix, Lehigh Community Services, Salvation Army, Charlotte County Food Pantries, Catholic Charities, National Guard units, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boy/Girl Scouts, Bonita Assistance Youth Groups, various student groups, Rotary Clubs and AARP groups.
“Many people in this country struggle with hunger every day,” national NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We are honored to be able to help people in need by leading an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans. Six days a week, letter carriers see first-hand the needs in the communities where we work, and we’re committed to helping meet those needs.”
For more than a decade, the drive has annually collected more than 70 million pounds of food. Over the course of its history, the food drive has collected 1.3 billion pounds of food to help feed our neighbors.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.