No man can rationally live, worship, or love his neighbor on an empty stomach. ― Woodrow Wilson
When the National Association of Letter Carriers launched their first national food drive in 1993, most Americans felt confident that hunger was a temporary challenge, A quarter century later Americans – children, elderly, mothers and their infants, jobless workers – go to bed hungry night after night. Children cannot learn, sick people cannot heal, workers cannot be productive – because they are malnourished.
And the future is grim at best.
The good news is that the nation’s letter carriers remain committed to continue – even expand – their national food drive. The 25th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is set for Saturday, May 13, 2017. (https://www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive)
Last year the food drive collected a record 80 million pounds of nonperishable food. This brought the total donations to date to more than 1.5 billion pounds.
The efforts of the letter carriers are shored up by hundreds of individuals and organizations that join in the drive. This year’s partners include the U.S Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Valpak, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, the AARP Foundation and Valassis. Also joining letter carriers are their family members, friends, neighbors and other postal workers.
Details about this year’s drive have been – or soon will be – in every resident’s mailbox. Sponsors are quick to remind donors that all contributions are tax deductible. The Stamp Out Hunger Toolkit offers a wealth of ideas for promotion, collaboration, the logistics of the day https://www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive/food-drive-toolkit
Stay in touch with the Stamp Out Hunger Drive on Facebook (Facebook.com/StampOutHunger); on Twitter follow @StampOut Hunger. Be sure to check out the great StampOutHunger graphics here: (https://www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive/body/food-drive-17-RGB-flat-final.jpg)
Most important, plan ahead, think about the Stamp Out Hunger drive when you make your grocery shopping list. Add some nutritious, delicious, non-perishable groceries that will help a local food shelf meet the needs of neighbors who need the helping hand that you are able to extend – with a little help from your generous letter carrier!