The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 21st annual food drive to combat hunger on Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.
On Saturday, May 11, local letter carriers will collect the donations residents leave near their mail boxes, as they deliver mail. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail deliver on Saturday.
Comea House, Needs Inc., Safehouse Services, The Salvation Army, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne and Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless will benefit from the 2013 local donations. Assisting the local NALC branch will be rural letter carriers and other postal employees, plus members of other volunteer organizations.
People who have questions about the drive should ask their letter carrier, contact United Way of Laramie County at 638-8904, or go to stampouthunger.com.
Last year, letter carriers collected 70.7 million pounds of food donations along their postal routes, bringing the total to 1.2 billion pounds for the NALC's food drive, which began in 1992. Laramie County residents donated more than 43,000 pounds during the 2012 Stamp Out Hunger Food drive.
Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.
"The timing of the food drive is important, and that's why we selected the second Saturday in May," said Pam Donato, who coordinates the NALC's Stamp Out Hunger effort.