Friday, May 4, 2007

Local Union Helps "Stamp Out Hunger"

The Fayetteville Local of the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO) announced that the nation’s largest food drive to combat hunger will be conducted this year on Saturday, May 12 in all 50 states. On that day, local letter carriers will collect non-perishable donations as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

NALC President William H. Young noted that the upcoming summer months “are a particularly critical time for millions of children whose school lunch programs are suspended until fall and their families must find alternate sources of nutrition. Letter carriers see these families every day as they deliver the mail,” Young said. “This food drive is one way we can help alleviate their plight and we encourage our postal patrons to participate by leaving donations by their mailbox on May 12.”

AFSCME Local 965 supports this effort by our brothers and sisters in the local letter carriers union, and we ask our members to leave non-perishable donations – such as canned meat, fish and soup, and cereals, pasta and rice – in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday, May 12 before their letter carrier arrives. It will be taken to the local post office and then delivered to a local food bank, pantry or shelter.

The 15th annual NALC National Food Drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. The food will be collected in over 10,000 communities by nearly 1,500 local branches of the postal union, along with rural carriers and other volunteers. Since its inception in 1993, the nationwide drive has collected and delivered over three-quarters of a billion pounds of food—765.5 million pounds—to help hungry families.

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