21st Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 11th.
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) union will conduct its 21st national food drive to "Stamp Out Hunger" on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in more than 10,000 communities across America, with letter carriers collecting food donations as they deliver mail along their postal routes.
In 2012, drive organizers representing nearly 1,500 U.S. Post Office branches across the country, collected a record-setting total of 70 million pounds of food donations, which marked the 9th consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds were collected by letter carriers.
"Here in our community, our carriers collected a record high of 18,000 lbs of food, which went directly to families right in our own community who are hungry," said Rev. Brian Scott, executive director of the Frederick Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs. "We hope to exceed that amount this year," he continued.
NALC carriers will collect nonperishable food donation left by mailboxes and in post office lobbies and allocate them to The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs for distribution to its network of 9 food banks serving needy families through Frederick county. "Countywide, these food banks currently serve over 1,400 families each month," Scott said.
Approximately 70,000 postcards will be delivered to Frederick County residents in Frederick City, Middletown, Braddock Heights, Emmitsburg, Brunswick/Knoxville, Jefferson, Walkersville, Thurmont, Urbana and New Market/Ijamsville communities to remind them about the food drive on May 11th.
Residents are asked to leave nonperishable food donations in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday, May 11th before the arrival of their letter carrier. Preferred items are canned fruits and vegetables, canned meat, cereals, dry pasta, peanut butter, rice, soups, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce and tuna.
For additional information, contact your local post office or the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs at 301-631-2670.