Saturday, April 28, 2007

Letters Carriers are Looking for Help

Last year Letter carriers collected 70.5 million pounds of food donations along their mail routes in the nation’s largest one-day effort to combat hunger. This year the drive will be May 12th, that's a Saturday.

If you can leave non-perishable donations—such as canned meat, fish and soup, and cereals, pasta and rice—in a bag near your mailbox on Saturday, May 12 before your letter carrier arrives that would be great. It will be taken to the local post office and then delivered to a local food bank, pantry or shelter.

Co-sponsors of the drive are the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup Company, Cox Target Media-Valpak, local United Ways, the AFL-CIO, and America’s Second Harvest food bank network.

Click here for a list of Food Drive coordinators by branch (UPDATED APRIL 1).

In 2006 the final results showed 70,493,150 pounds of food were collected along postal routes in the postal union’s “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive conducted annually on the second Saturday in May in all 50 states and U.S. jurisdictions. The food was delivered to local food banks, pantries and shelters to help needy families.Buffalo/Western New York NALC Branch 3, which collected 1,902,962 pounds of donations, was the top NALC local branch in the drive for the fourth consecutive year.

You can learn more about it here.
P.S. If you have a blog in wouldn't hurt to help spread the word.

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