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Postal News: U.S. Postal Service letter carriers’ single-day food drive set for May 14

May 11, 2016
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

On Saturday, May 14, as letter carriers deliver mail, they will pick up non-perishable food donations left at customers' mailboxes. The food will be collected and delivered to local food banks.

America's letter carriers to conduct the nation's largest single-day food drive. The annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, hosted each year by the National Association of Letter Carriers, in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, to support local food banks and the 48 million Americans who struggle with hunger.

Residents can help Stamp Out Hunger by simply collecting non-perishable food items and leaving them in a sturdy bag near their mailboxes on May 14. A letter carrier will collect the donations and deliver them to local food banks and pantries.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was created in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers to encourage communities to come together in an effort to stock the shelves of food banks and pantries nationwide. The event is held on the second Saturday of May each year.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Last year, letter carriers collected over 70 million pounds of food donations to be donated to their local food bank and pantries.

The AFL-CIO, National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, United Way, Valassis, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and Valpak are all supporting this year's Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

People interested in volunteer opportunities are asked to contact Megan Fasig at (239) 433-2000, ext 228, or email

Phil Wiebold is a spokesman for U.S. Postal Service.



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