30th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is preparing for its annual food drive Saturday, May 14, 2022. A media kick-off is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 9:00 am, at the United States Post Office, 2211 North Robison Road, Texarkana, Texas.
The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country's largest one-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need. Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable food items next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 14. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.
The traditional food drive is returning this year after a two-year hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Camille Wrinkle, CEO of Harvest Regional Food Bank, the event comes at a critical time, which is sponsoring the event along with the NALC. “With the rising cost of food, more people are struggling to put food on their table, especially families with children who may not have access to school-provided meals over the summer.” Food donations will benefit Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter, Mission Texarkana, Salvation Army, Domestic Violence Prevention, and Harvest Regional Food Bank’s area pantries.
In the 30 years since it began, the food drive has collected about 1.82 billion pounds of food for struggling residents nationally. According to NALC Stamp Out Hunger Coordinator Sallie Moore, the food drive relies on its local and rural letter carriers to carry out the event. “We couldn’t do this without all the letter carriers who spend the extra time that day collecting food, in addition to delivering and collecting. We do it because we know it helps local families who are in need.
About Harvest Regional Food Bank
Harvest Regional Food Bank is a full-service food bank that distributes food to individuals in need through a network of partner agencies, including soup kitchens, shelters and pantries, children’s and senior supplemental feeding programs, and other hunger relief efforts in a ten-county service area in southwest Arkansas and northeast Texas. In 2020, Harvest distributed a record 5.4 million pounds of food. Visit us at www.hrfb.org, and find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About the National Association of Letter Carriers
The 294,000-member National Association of Letter Carriers represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country's oldest labor unions.