PUBLISHED: 4:36 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Local letter carriers participate in annual food drive program
Juneau and Douglas letter carriers will join forces with Campbell Soup Company as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday, May 12. Now in its 15th year, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is the nation's largest single-day food drive, having collected more than 765 million pounds of food since its inception in 1993.

To help Stamp Out Hunger in Juneau and Douglas this year, simply leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery May 12. Food items should be in non-breakable containers, such as boxes and cans.

Local letter carriers will then collect donations from homes across the city and deliver them to Southeast Alaska Food Bank.

"Hunger continues to be a vital concern in the United States," said William H. Young, NALC president.

"We see it in our everyday lives and on many of the routes we walk every day. Yet with donations from our generous customers and partners like Campbell Soup Company, who we've now been working with for over 10 years, I know we can help a significant number of people fight the battle against hunger."

According to America's Second Harvest, the nation's food bank network, 35 million people are food insecure, hungry or at risk of hunger.