McDonald's restaurants may proudly boast “Over a Billion Served,” but the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) can say the same when it comes to pounds of food collected for the needy.
Since 1993 the NALC has collected more than one billion pounds of food through its annual nationwide event, "Stamp Out Hunger" – America’s largest single-day food drive.
This Saturday, more than 1,500 NALC branches from every state, involving more than 10,000 cities and towns, will have more than 230,000 letter carriers collect non-perishable goods from people’s mailboxes. Here in Greenfield, Jerry Bangust of the Greenfield post office said carriers are allowed to work beyond their eight-hour shift to collect food that will be donated to the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee.
Bangust said carriers have been picking up donations for as many as three days already and will continue to do so through 5 p.m. Saturday. He also said people can donate goods at the post office through 2 p.m. Saturday.
Across the country, many have banded together to advertise for the day’s collection. Campbell’s, a long supporter of the drive, will donate one pound of food (up to one million pounds) to Feeding America for every person who joins the Stamp Out Hunger Facebook community. Additionally, you can join Stamp Out Hunger on Twitter to follow the national collection online as food is gathered this Saturday.
Residents can leave non-perishable food in bags next to mailboxes if donations exceed the mailbox size.
According to the NALC, the need for donations is greater than ever. The organization stated, “According to the Agriculture Department's most recent study of food security in the United States in 2009, the number of Americans living in so-called 'food insecure' homes topped 50 million. Of those, 17.2 million are children.”