Postal workers ready for food drive
Tue May 8, 2007 19:14

Postal workers ready for food drive
Albuquerque Tribune, NM - 9 hours ago

The food is donated to charities. Since its beginning in 1993 the drive has collected nearly three-quarters of a billion pounds of food. ...

Postal workers ready for food drive

Staff and wire reports
Tuesday, May 8, 2007

WASHINGTON — The annual mail carrier food drive will be held Saturday.

Letter carriers across the country will collect nonperishable food items such as canned goods left by customers along their routes. The food is donated to charities.

Since its beginning in 1993 the drive has collected nearly three-quarters of a billion pounds of food.


Mail carriers drive Saturday to help 'Stamp Out Hunger'

By Jerry Sowden - Oil City postal carrier Larry Deal picks up a bag of food at a mailbox on his route. Local post offices will hold their annual postal food drive Saturday, and patrons are being asked to leave donations by their mailboxes.

The 15th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food campaign is planned for Saturday, and local letter carriers will be filling their bags with food as well as mail.

The event, in which Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and family members help letter carriers collect non-perishable food items left near mail boxes, is held annually by more than 1,500 letter carrier branches.

Last year's event brought in more than 72 million pounds of food nationally for food banks and pantries.

Post cards explaining the "how-tos" and needed items are delivered to route patrons prior to the collection. Those wishing to donate should place non-perishable food items in a bag and leave them near mailboxes. Carriers will also be collecting baby products, coffee, household supplies, paper products and health and beauty aids. Donations also are being accepted in post office lobbies the week of the food drive.

Glass containers, outdated foods, unsealed or open packages, bulging or dented cans or home-canned foods will not be accepted.

About 15,200 pounds were collected last year by Oil City area carriers for Family Service & Children's Aid Society Shelter, Free Methodist Church Food Pantry, St. Joseph Church Food Pantry and Community Services of Venango County food pantry.

Carriers from Seneca, Cranberry, Rouseville and Venus helped bring in the goods and will participate with on route and drop off collections again this year.

In Franklin, 12,500 pounds of food were donated to the Salvation Army food pantry and soup kitchen, Community Services of Venango County food pantry, Sugar Valley Lodge, St. Patrick Church food pantry, St. John Episcopal Church food pantry and the Evangelistic Tabernacle food pantry of Cooperstown.

City and rural Franklin, Cooperstown and Polk carriers will be collecting food on their routes. Clintonville, Kennerdell, Utica, Cooperstown, Polk and Reno post offices will have a collection at their post office lobbies.

Outposts such as fire halls or public buildings have been set up for final collection and distribution.

All recipient organizations are member agencies of the Second Harvest Food Bank. The Food Bank, located at 1703 Ash St., Erie, helped the letter carriers coordinate the food drive within its service area in northwest Pennsylvania.

The Food Bank solicits, inventories, and distributes donated grocery products to 245 charitable agencies that directly serve people facing hard times within 11 counties.

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New York City and Chicago residents should contact their local Post Office for more information. "The NALC Food Drive makes a difference for thousands of ...


WASHINGTON – On Saturday, May 13, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America will collect non-perishable food items donated by customers. They will be participating in the 14th annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive—the largest annual one-day food drive in the world. Postal employees in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands will collect food and deliver it to local community food banks, pantries and shelters.

“The United States Postal Service is proud to support our nation’s letter carriers and the generosity of customers to enable the collection of millions of pounds of food to replenish community food banks and feed the needy,” said Postmaster General John E. Potter.

Long-time supporters of the drive include the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup Company, America’s Second Harvest, Cox Target Media, local United Ways throughout America and the AFL-CIO Community Services Network. In 2005, the drive collected a record 71.3 million pounds of food for the hungry, making the total amount of donations to community food banks and pantries from the NALC Food Drive over the last 13 years well over a half billion pounds.

An estimated 30 million people face hunger every day in America, including more than 12 million children. This drive is one way to help those right in their own city or town who need help.

Letter carriers have established a tradition of community service over the years. They have always been involved when something needs to be done, whether watching over the elderly through the Carrier Alert program, delivering the mail and assisting the American Red Cross during times of disaster, rescuing victims of fires, crime and other catastrophes.

The NALC Food Drive has received numerous accolades, including two Presidential Certificates of Achievement, a Special Appreciation Award in 2003 from America’s Second Harvest Food Bank Network, the annual Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2003 from Bon Appétit/Food Network and the annual World Hunger Year/Chapin Award in 2004.

More than 115 million postcards were mailed to customers in towns and cities throughout America letting them know about the food drive. Customers who did not receive a postcard can check with their local Post Office to find out if their office is participating. Customers are asked to place non-perishable food items next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers the mail on Saturday, May 13. The letter carrier will do the rest, taking the food to the Post Office where it is sorted and delivered to an area food bank or pantry.

Postal customers of some New York City and Chicago Post Offices are asked to take their food donations to their local participating Post Office during the week of May 6-13. New York City and Chicago residents should contact their local Post Office for more information.

Sign-up to receive an e-mail Friday, May 12, reminding you to place non-perishable food items next to your mailbox at

Since 1775, the Postal Service and its predecessor, the Post Office Department, has connected friends, families, neighbors and businesses by mail. It is an independent federal agency that visits 144 million homes and businesses every day, six days a week and is the only service provider delivering to every address in the nation. The Postal Service receives no taxpayer dollars for routine operations, but derives its operating revenues solely from the sale of postage, products and services. With annual revenues of more than $69 billion, it is the world's leading provider of mailing and delivery services, offering some of the most affordable postage rates in the world. The Postal Service delivers more than half of the world's mail volume — some 212 billion letters, advertisements, periodicals and packages a year — and serves seven and a half million customers each day at its 37,000 retail locations nationwide. Its website,, attracts more than 21 million visitors each month.

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