Helping the hungry in our region is as easy as leaving a letter in your mailbox.
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is teaming up with Feeding America Southwest Virginia and Kroger to conduct Stamp Out Hunger, an annual food drive on Saturday, May 11, when letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations as they deliver mail along their postal routes.
It’s part of the nation’s largest single-day food drive, held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Last year letter carriers in the region collected a record 410,427 pounds of food along their postal routes – placing Roanoke first in the nation in metropolitan areas of its size.
On May 11, letter carriers will collect donations that residents leave near their mailboxes as they deliver mail. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.
“We’re honored to be able to help people in need by leading an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans,” said Chris Russo, president of the NALC Branch 524 in Roanoke. “Six days a week, letter carriers see first-hand the needs in the communities where we work throughout southwest Virginia, and we’re committed to helping meet those needs with the public’s help.”
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is more important than ever. Pantry shelves that filled up over the holidays often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, thousands of children in our region must find alternate sources of nutrition.
“The timing of the food drive is important, and that’s why we selected the second Saturday in May,” added Roanoke Postmaster Ed Schaben. “This is a convenient way for everyone to give back and help those in need.” Read more »