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NALC Union members collect a record amount of food

07.11.10

July 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

NALC Union members collect a record amount of food

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, June 5th- Members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Union collected a record amount of food during their national food drive held across the nation on May 8th.

Americans donated 77.1 million pounds of nonperishable food to help stamp out hunger in their communities this year in the annual Letter Carriers National Food Drive.

NALC President Fredric Rolando stated 77,132,180 pounds of food were collected in the drive and delivered to local food banks, pantries and shelter to help needy families. It is the nation’s largest one-day effort to combat hunger. “The results of the May 8 effort easily eclipsed the previous record, set last year of 73.4 million pounds,” said Mr. Rolando.

The 18th annual food drive boosted the total donations collected since the drive began in 1993 to more than 1 billion pounds.

“Despite the lingering effects of the recession, postal customers came through again this year in the continuing fight against hunger in America. Our members and the thousands of rural letter carriers and other volunteers were proud to deliver the generous donations from millions of caring citizens who wanted to help needy families in their communities,” added Mr. Rolando.NALC members in the Lehigh Valley are represented by Local Branch 389 in Easton, Local Branch 274 in Bethlehem and Local Branch 254 in Allentown.

The food drive is held in all fifty states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. It is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

The effort by the union began in 1991 with a 10-city pilot program. The union members colllected 290 tons of food that year.

NALC members collect the food as they deliver mail along their postal routes. The NALC represents mail delivery employees of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Tampa, Florida, NALC Branch 599 members collected 2,062,529 pounds, the most food in the nation. West Coast Florida, Branch 1477 was second and Buffalo/Western New York, Branch 3 was third.

NALC has 295,000 active and retired members throughout the nation.

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