Postal carriers ‘stamp out hunger’ May 8Written by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is hosting its 18th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive May 8.
“Food is one of our basic needs that needs to be meet. As letter carriers we see needs every day. We see more families struggling with high unemployment and that’s why we need support from the families that are able to give at this time,” said Rebecca Dusseau, Northwest Ohio food drive coordinator and letter carrier.
Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single day food drive in the United States, Dusseau said. In 2009, more than 73.4 million pounds of food were collected nationally and more than 235,000 pounds of food were collected in Northwest Ohio.
Residents are encouraged to leave nonperishable food items by their mailboxes on May 8 for letter carriers and volunteers to pick up.
“It is extra work, but it’s such a great thing. I don’t consider it an inconvenience. It’s a privilege to help alongside our customers,” said Chuck Childers, a south Toledo letter carrier who has participated in the drive since it began. “The need is great and the economy is down … If each household gives one or two items, it makes a huge difference.”
Food collected by letter carriers is distributed to local food pantries. Food collected in Toledo, Oregon and Maumee is donated to the Toledo Seagate Food Bank.
In Bowling Green, food is donated to the BG Christian Food Pantry and in Sylvania, it’s given to the Huntington Community Center.
The National Association of Letter Carriers chose May for its food drive because it was the time when food pantries’ shelves are the most bare, Dusseau said.
Individuals may also drop off nonperishable food items to their local post office May 3 to May 7, Dusseau said.
To learn more about Stamp out Hunger, visit the group’s website at www.helpstampouthunger.com.
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