APRIL 2015, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News
Labor community getting ready for NALC National Food Drive
BY PAUL TUCKER
REGION, April 3rd- The labor community throughout the nation and the region is getting ready for the largest food drive held in the United States by members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Union.
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 needy throughout the nation. Last years food drive was the tenth consecutive year in which at least 70 million pounds of food was collected.
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.
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’s, which are affiliated with the AFL-CIO, will again participate in the annual event.
Labor volunteers are needed to sort food items donated by mail costumers that will be picked-up by NALC members in the Wyoming Valley and Lackawanna Valley and brought to area food banks and pantries.
Sandra Moosic, the AFL-CIO Labor Liaison for the United Way of the Wyoming Valley, the go-between the labor community and the agencies affiliated with the community based organization throughout the Wyoming Valley, and a member of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council labor federation Community Services Committee, stated members of the labor comunity are needed as volunteers for the May 9th day- long event.
Anyone wanting to volunteer their time to help sort and deliver food items to area food banks can contact Ms. Moosic at: (570) 829-6711.