“Erstwhile” is the adjective frequently used to modify the faithful mail carrier – “generous” is equally apt. It’s the generous spirit of letter carriers that inspires the 21st annual National Food Drive set for Saturday, May 11 (aka Mother’s Day Eve and/or the Fishing Opener….) On that day letter carriers, their family, friends and community partners, will walk the route – not to deliver the mail but to pick up donated food for local food shelves.
Consider that last year the National Food Drive netted 50 million pounds of non-perishable food nations! Over the past two decades the grand total of donated goods standards at 12 billion pounds!
When asked by the letter carriers had taken on this awesome task, President Fredric Roland of the National Association of Letter Carriers explains that “as men and women who touch every neighborhood in America six days a week, letter carriers far too often see first-hand how poverty and hunger affect the customers we serve.” Working with food shelf providers NALC chose the May date specifically because this is a time of year when people are NOT thinking about hunger in their neighborhoods.
Anyone who wants to get involved with the National Food Drive will find great promotional materials online – PSA’s, posters, history and other background information.