Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Successful
On Saturday, May 8th, USPS letter carriers collected nonperishable food products along their postal routes for the 18th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), with participation by the National Rural Letter Carriers Association and Campbell Soup Company. It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.
Last year, postal employees collected 73.4 million pounds of food.
Over 230,000 individual carriers are involved and since the drive began in 1993, over 1 billion pounds of food has been collected. The food is delivered to food banks and hunger relief organizations in more than 10,000 local communities in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the District of Columbia.
During collection day for the food drive, letter carriers work about two hours longer than usual and are not paid overtime. They consider it a donation to a worthy cause.
Campbell Soup Company also donates one can of soup to Feeding America for each person who signs up to be a Facebook Fan. Over 32,000 people became fans. Campbell will also contribute an additional one million cans of food to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief organization.
About 49 million Americans are affected by hunger each year, including 16.7 million children. In a recent survey by Feeding America, more than 90% of its 205 food banks have reported increased demands for emergency assistance.
NALC President Fredric V. Rolando said that the donations come at the perfect time of year, as those who rely on school lunch programs for their children’s meals will have access to food during the summer months.
"In these trying times it’s important for Americans to rally behind causes like the Letter Carriers Food Drive to help their neighbors struggling with hunger," Rolando said. "While we’re very proud of our success over the years in the battle against hunger, the fact remains that more Americans than ever are in need, which is why we remain committed to this drive."