National Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
On Saturday, May 13 letter carriers throughout Marion County will participate in the 25th annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) National Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger.”
This annual effort has become the largest one-day food drive in the nation’s history, resulting in more than a half billion pounds of food to local food banks, pantries and shelters in all 50 states. Last year in Marion County, 250,000 pounds of nonperishable food was collected and donated to Interfaith Emergency Services for distribution to the Salvation Army, Brothers Keeper, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and the Help Agency of the Forest food banks. The Ocala Post Office was ranked first in the nation in their union member category for the eighth year for the community’s outstanding effort in supporting this program. In Marion County alone, more than 1.9 million pounds of food has been collected.
Postal customers are asked to hang a food donation on their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers the mail on Saturday, May 13, and the carrier will do the rest. Collection barrels will also be set up at all Post Office branches to accommodate those with Post Office Boxes.
For individuals interested in volunteering for the collection and unloading/loading, please call Tina Reid at 629-8868 ext. 210. Service hours for high school students are available.
United Way of Marion County, USPS, Valpak, the National Rural Letter Carriers Association and AFL-CIO have partnered with the NALC to help stamp out hunger.
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