Stamp Out Hunger in Our Community

 
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will run their 24th annual Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 14th.  Join in the world’s largest food drive, as letter carriers collect non-perishable food donations while delivering mail along their normal postal routes. 
 
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive falls at the perfect time for local food pantries.  While pantry shelves are usually overflowing in the winter months, spring is typically the time in which they are the most bare.  And, with school meal programs suspended during the summer, hundreds of local children will be seeking alternate sources of nutrition in the coming months. 
Join NALC on Saturday, May 14th, by leaving a sturdy bag full of non-perishable food items next to your mailbox well before your letter carrier’s normal delivery time.  Examples of acceptable donations include: canned soup, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, pasta, rice, or cereal. 
 
All food donated will stay in the New River Valley, and be distributed to local food banks such as: Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program, the Shawsville Lay Ministerial Association Pantry, Floyd Emergency Assistance Program, and Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread.
 
In 2015, letter carriers collected over 71 million pounds of food along their postal routes throughout the country helping to meet the needs of 1 in 6 Americans who are food insecure in the United States.  Michael Bush, Food Operation Coordinator for the Radford community, plays a vital role in overseeing the event locally. He commented, “I can say for our carriers we do this to help out the ones that need the food and are glad to help any way that we can!”
 
The NALC, United Way, and other partnering organizations hope to set a record in donations this year with the support of generous people throughout the community. For more information about this year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, contact United Way of Montgomery, Radford, and Floyd’s office at (540) 381-2066 or info@unitedwaynrv.org