Letter carriers will be delivering more than mail on May 12. They’ll also be looking to pick something up.
On Saturday, May 12, letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes along their routes as they deliver mail, according to a release from the United States Postal Service. The effort is part of the “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers in conjunction with the postal service. The donations will help stock local food banks.
The one-day food drive is part of a nationwide drive designed to fill food bank pantries through the summer months, when levels are traditionally low. Letter carriers, rural carriers, postal employees and volunteers from all 50 states and hundreds of cities will participate. The 20th annual NALC National Food Drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers collected 70.2 million pounds of food in last year’s drive, which is held annually on the second Saturday in May.