By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Postal workers across the nation are hoping to collect more than just mail this Saturday as they conduct their 22nd annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive Saturday, May 10.
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), in conjunction with U.S. Postal Service, sponsors the annual food drive, which asks postal customers to place non-perishable food in bags and leave them by their mailboxes. Mail carriers collect the donations during their routes.
The event is the largest single-day food drive in the nation. Last year, 74 million pounds of food donations were collected in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states. Since its inception in 1992, it has collected more than a billion pounds of food, which is distributed to food banks throughout the nation.
Last year’s drive in the New River Valley collected over 30,000 pounds of food.
Examples of non-perishable foods that can be donated are canned items such as soups, meat, fish, vegetables, fruits and juices, and boxed items such as cereal, pasta and rice. NACL asks that items that are expired or in glass containers not be donated to the drive.
According to NACL, one in six Americans live below the poverty level and face hunger, including about 16 million children and five million senior citizens.