Food Drive won’t be held in May; Donor Drive continues
Due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will not be held on the second Saturday in May this year. NALC is committed to holding the event when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, the Stamp Out Hunger Donor Drive continues to raise funds for the hungry in communities throughout the country.
The need for food has only continued to grow through the pandemic. The economic crisis that the pandemic triggered has left millions of people unemployed and struggling to put food on the table, boosting pressure on food banks to fulfill the need. Some food
banks that rely on our food drive have reported three times the usual number of people asking for help. At the same time, the pandemic and ailing
economy have pushed food donations down.
To meet the challenge of getting food to pantries, NALC turned last summer to a virtual Stamp Out Hunger Donor Drive. The virtual drive gives branches an opportunity to connect donors with food banks in their area for online donations and with resources to publicize the donor drive. In addition, branches have reached out to their communities and local food drive partners to ask for online cash donations to local food banks. Branches also have given their own donations. The donor drive began in June, continued through the months that followed—and still is active today at nalc.org/food.
“Working together, whether for a traditional food collection or a donor drive, letter carriers will be there for people struggling to feed their families this year,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “just as we have been there the last 27 years.”
Food Drive 2019
By the time many of you read this article the27th Annual NALC Food Drive will be in the books. Although the results will not be in until June or later, last year letter carriers from around the country brought in more than 71 million pounds of food into local food banks at a very pivotal time of year. I want to thank all who volunteered for this most worthy cause. I would especially like to thank Region 6s
Food Drive Coordinator Jim Hunter from branch 3126, Royal Oak, Ml. Like all of you, I'm proud to be a letter carrier and a community servant!
-- Troy Clark
National Business Agent
Kentucky – Indiana – Michigan (KIM)
-- Jacqueline McGregory and Cathy Tondreau
Branch Food Drive Coordinators
Branch 2184 Food Drive Results indicated in pounds