Story last updated at 5/9/2012 - 1:17 pm
The National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 4985, will be conducting their annual food drive on Saturday May 12, 2012, with the support of United Way of Southeast Alaska.
Held on the second Saturday in May, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive has become the nation's largest single-day food drive benefitting Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. In 2011, generous Americans donated 70.2 million pounds of food. In Juneau, more than 7,000 pounds of food items were collected and delivered to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank and Helping Hands.
Now in its 20th year, the annual food drive has grown from a regional to a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's annual study measuring food security in the United States, the number of Americans living in food insecure homes reached nearly 49 million in 2011 (the most recent year that such data is available). Perhaps most alarming is the fact that more than 16 million children in America - more than 1 in 5 - are faced with the prospect of hunger.
To participate, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12. Juneau letter carriers, representing the local NALC branch 4985 will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to the local post office to be weighed and distributed to local food banks the Southeast Alaska Food Bank and Helping Hands.
For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger. The National Association of Letter Carriers is the union of city delivery letter carriers working for the United States Postal Service founded in 1889.
For more information, visit http://nalc.org/commun/foodrive/index.html.