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Letter carriers to stamp out hunger

POSTED: May 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service is proud to support the annual National Association of Letter Carriers National Food Drive.

Letter carriers in more than 10,000 communities across America will join forces to help stamp out hunger on Saturday, May 10. Postal employees in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands will collect non-perishable food items and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters across the country. This food drive is the nation’s largest annual single-day food drive.

“Hunger remains a daily challenge for millions of people in our country. An estimated 4 percent of Americans — many of them children — are forced to skip meals, eat too little or even go without food for an entire day,” said Postmaster General John E. Potter. “We welcome the opportunity to help in the fight against hunger. Once again we ask every American to remember the less fortunate on Saturday.”

That 4 percent translates to an estimated 35 million people, including 12 million children, at risk of hunger in America. In late spring, most food banks begin running out of donations received during holiday seasons. This drive is one way people can join the U.S. Postal Service to help stamp out hunger right in their own communities.

Long-time supporters of the drive include the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup Company, America’s Second Harvest, Cox Target Media, local United Way affiliates, and the AFL-CIO Community Services Network. The drive is an outgrowth of the tradition of community service letter carriers have established over the years, whether by watching over the elderly through the Carrier Alert program, assisting the American Red Cross during times of disaster or rescuing victims of fires, crime, and other mishaps.

How to help
More than 120 million postcards were mailed to customers in towns and cities throughout America letting them know about the food drive. Customers who did not receive a postcard can contact their local post office.

Customers are asked to place bags of non-perishable food items such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers the mail on Saturday. The letter carrier will do the rest, taking the food to the post office where it is sorted and delivered to an area food bank or pantry.

Sign up to receive an e-mail reminding you to place non-perishable food items next to your mailbox at www.helpstampouthunger.com.

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