FEBRUARY 2015, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News
Annual NALC National Food Drive to be held on May 9th
BY PAUL TUCKER
REGION, February 2nd- The annual National Association of Letters Carriers (NALC) Union Food Drive will be held this May.
The NALC represents mail carriers, excluding rural delivery, of the United States Postal Service (USPS) throughout the nation.
The 2015 ‘Letters Carriers Stamp out Hunger Food Drive’ will be held on Saturday May 9th in which postal service customers are requested to place non-perishable food items near their mail boxes to be pick-up by the NALC members.
Each year since 1991 the NALC members, with the support of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Washington DC, conducts the food drive that helps feed the neady throughout the nation.
The food drive is held in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Last year almost 73 million pounds of food was collected in the one day event for people in need throughout the United States.
Regionally, union members affiliated with the Scranton Central Labor Union and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council labor federation, which are affiliated with the AFL-CIO, will again participate in the annual event.
Trucking companies who employees are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) often volunteer their equipment to haul the collected food to area food banks, pantries and shelters.
The NALC has approximately 200,000 active members. They began the drive in 1991 and while it was not held in 1992 the NALC members have collected food items every year since. Around 1500 NALC Branches participate nationwide.
The United Way of America and Feeding America will again sporsor the food drive with other organizations providing volunteers or financial support for the event. Those organizations provide flyers, bags, and postcards.
While the NALC members collect the food items from their customer residents, many other union member volunteers sort and deliver the collected food to area shelters and food banks.
The food drive in 2014 was the tenth consecutive year in which at least 70 million pounds of food was collected.
Thomas Gavin, President of NALC Branch 17 in Scranton, request that postal costumers not put food items with expired dates by their boxes because those will only be discarded.