THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS
On Saturday, May 14, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, a nationwide effort to collect food donations door-to-door and to deliver them to local communities in need. In 2015, letter carriers hauled 70.6 million pounds of food nationwide, marking a dozen consecutive years in which the NALC drive has surpassed 70 million pounds of food collected. AFAC has partnered with NALC since 1996 and has gathered some 370,000 pounds of food from Arlington residents over the last twenty years.
Every year, on the second Saturday of May, Arlington residents leave non-perishable food donations in a bag by their mailboxes. The letter carriers collect the food and bring it back to their stations where AFAC drivers and volunteers load up their trucks and haul it to AFAC. Back on South Nelson Street, the AFAC warehouse transforms into a hive, buzzing with strong and energetic volunteers rallying together to unload vehicles, sort foods by type, and stack heavy crates on pallets.
The non-perishable foods collected during Stamp Out Hunger will last for several months and ensure AFAC shelves are never empty. In 2016, the Arlington postal workers collected and transported 24,793 pounds of food to help feed the 2,200 families and elderly individuals that rely on us each week.
All Arlington residents are invited to join the effort and take part in this years’ Stamp Out Hunger food drive. There is a variety of volunteer opportunities available; email firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can take part.
Be sure to thank your postal worker for all their hard work and for supporting our neighbors in need.
Thank you NALC and Arlington Letter Carriers for being our Hunger Heroes!