The National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual Food Drive to “Stamp out Hunger” will be held Saturday, May 12th. On that day, letter carriers will collect non-perishable foods such as canned goods, snacks or microwaveable items that community members place next to their mailboxes for donation.

“It’s our 20th anniversary,” NALC President Fredric Rolando noted. “For two decades now, our annual national drive has proved critical in helping millions of American families—our customers—who are struggling to make ends meet during this continuing recession. “Each year, the second Saturday in May is a day when all citizens have an opportunity, with the help of their letter carrier, to easily donate food to needy families in their community,” he said. The drive, the largest one-day food-collection event in the nation, has been a success every year, Rolando said, but the needs are particularly sad, even staggering, in 2012. “Sixteen percent of all Americans are at risk of hunger—uncertain where their next meal may be coming from. That includes 1 in 5 children under the age of 18, plus 4 million seniors who are forced every day to choose between paying a utility bill and buying food,” he said. “Last year, despite many obstacles, letter carriers proudly collected 70.2 million pounds of food, raising the total amount of donations picked up over the history of the drive to more than 1.1 billion pounds,” Rolando said. “With help from our brothers and sisters in the rural craft, alongside other postal employees and volunteers, letter carriers will do what we can again this year to help all Americans.” On a local level, the Christiansburg Letter Carries collected over 11,000 pounds of food last year. Food Operation Coordinator for the main Christiansburg office, James Mann, plays a vital role in overseeing the event. He commented, “Seeing the community work together in all areas, even rural ones such as Pilot and Riner, is so full-filling. Each citizen is helping a family with a basic need that stays in our community.”

The NALC hopes to set a record in donations this year with its support from the United Way and other sponsors throughout the country. Local beneficiaries include: Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program, The Shawsville Lay Ministerial Association Pantry, United Way MRF, Floyd Emergency Assistance Program, and Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread.

For additional information about the food drive, contact the local United Way of Montgomery, Radford & Floyd office at (540) 381-2066 or by email at info@unitedwaynrv.org.

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