Letter Carriers’ 31st Annual Food Drive set for Sat., May 13 throughout nation

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 31st annual national food drive on Saturday, May 13. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in the community.

On Saturday, May 13, as they deliver mail, the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers will collect donations left by residents near their mailboxes. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag—paper or plastic—containing non-perishable 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 that Saturday. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes and distribute them to local food agencies.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans. Pantry shelves filled up through the winter-holiday often are bare by late spring.

The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive has raised more than 11.3 million pounds of food in Oklahoma since 1993 and has raised more than 1 billion pounds nationwide.  Food will be taken to local food banks, pantries or shelters. Local agencies participating are New Emergency Resource Agency (NERA), Survivor Resource Network, Northern Oklahoma Youth Services, The Mission, Friendship Feast, Peachtree Landing and the Sean Anderson’s blessings box.

If you have questions about the food drive in our area, contact our local post office, or call the United Way of North Central Oklahoma, 580-765-2476.