The National Association of Letter Carriers is holding its 23rd Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive Saturday, May 9. As they deliver mail, the nation’s 175,000 city letter carriers will collect donations left by residents near their mail boxes. They will be joined by retired letter carriers, family members and friends and by volunteers to help collect and distribute the sacks of non-perishable food items left next to generous customers’ mailboxes that morning, according to a press release.
As in previous years, United Food Bank, 245 S Nina Drive in Mesa, will receive food from the event.
People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable foods such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.
United Food Bank has been a part of the Stamp Out Hunger drives since its beginning in 1993. In 2014, the community donated 107,240 pounds of food in United Food Bank’s service area of eastern Maricopa, Gila, Pinal, and southern Navajo and Apache counties. That amount translated to 536,200 meals for hungry children, families and seniors, according to the release.
“We hope the community will continue to show their support for the letter carriers and their hungry neighbors by donating to the food drive this Saturday, as this will provide much-needed food for the summer,” Ginny Hildebrand, president and CEO of United Food Bank, said in the release. “The impact of this food drive is so large not only in Arizona, but across the entire country. We truly thank all the carriers and volunteers for all their support of this food drive.”
About United Food Bank
United Food Bank is a 501(c)3 Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization that provides hunger relief/food assistance by collecting, acquiring, storing and distributing food and related commodities through a network of more than 188 community partners. Last year, UFB distributed enough food to provide more than 18 million meals to Arizonans in need. UFB has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, for its operational efficiency. Individual donor contributions to UFB qualify for an Arizona “Working Poor” Charitable Tax Credit (ARS 43-1088). For more information, visit the UFB’s website, Facebook page or on Twitter.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the U.S.. It provides food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security, educates the public about the problem of hunger and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.
About the National Association of Letter Carriers
The 280,000-member NALC represents city letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service and retired letter carriers. It was founded by Civil War veterans in 1889 and is among the country’s oldest labor unions.
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