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The Berks-Mont News (http://www.berksmontnews.com)

Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” on May 11


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Residents throughout Pennsylvania are being asked to help feed the needy by participating in the “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) in conjunction with the Postal Service.
Letter Carriers will collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes along their routes as they deliver mail on Saturday, May 11, to help stock local food banks for the needy.
This one-day food drive is part of a nationwide drive designed to fill food bank pantries through the summer months, when levels are traditionally low. Letter Carriers, Rural Carriers, postal employees and volunteers from all 50 states and hundreds of cities will participate.
An estimated 49 million people are at risk of hunger in America, including millions of children. Around late spring, most food banks begin running out of donations received during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods. This drive is one way people can join the Postal Service and other local sponsors to help stamp out hunger in communities across the country.
How it Works
On Saturday, May 11, customers are asked to place non-perishable food items next to their mailbox before their Letter Carrier delivers the mail. The Letter Carrier will do the rest, taking the food to the Post Office where it is sorted and delivered to a local food bank or pantry.
The 21st annual NALC National Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers collected 70 million pounds of food in last year’s drive. The drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in over 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. More than one billion pounds of food has been collected nationwide since the first food drive.