The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 26th annual national food drive on Saturday.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the country’s largest single-day food drive that provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in their communities.
Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday.
Letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver mail along their postal routes. That food will be picked up by the East Texas Food Bank for distribution to our partner agency network.
Last year, over 32,000 pounds of food was collected in East Texas.
“Stamp Out Hunger is one of our most important public food drives and is a great way to support our community,” said Dennis Cullinane, CEO of the East Texas Food Bank in a news release Monday. “We are so grateful for the extra time and effort that our letter carriers give towards this cause, so let’s remember to leave a bag of non-perishable food by your mailbox and help them maximize their gift.”
Hunger affects about 46 million people around the country, including millions of children, seniors and veterans, according to the East Texas Food Bank.
The food bank said pantry shelves filled up through the winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. Additionally, with most school meal programs suspended during the summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.
“At least six days a week, letter carriers see firsthand the needs of the communities they work in,” said NALC President Fredric Rolando. “We’re privileged to be able to help those in need while leading an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans.”