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NALC Union will conduct annual food drive on May 14th

02.22.11

FEBRUARY 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

NALC Union will conduct annual food drive on May 14th

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, January 26th- The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Union, which represents city delivery letter carriers of the United States Postal Service (USPS) in all 50 states and United States jurisdictions, will conduct their annual food drive on Saturday May 14th. The NALC has approximately 300,000 members.

According to NALC International President Fredric Rolando, the collection is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. This year will mark the 19th collective year the food drive will be held.

The Campbell Soup Company and the United States Postal Service will jointly provide over 120 million full-color postcard flyers for mailing to homes in participating communities just before the drive to encourage donations. In addition, for the sixth year, Valpak direct marketing systems will promote the drive on more than 44 million envolope packets.

Customers of the mail delivery service will be asked to leave can goods in the area of their mail boxes. The items collected will be collected by the letter carriers on May 14th, seperated and donated to area food banks. The three NALC branches that represent letter carriers in Northeastern Pennsylvania will participate.

In 2010 the postal workers collected 77.1 million pounds of food, the seventh consecutive year above 70 million, and delivered the donations to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Last year almost 1,500 NALC local branches participated.

The effort began in 1991 when the NALC, with the support of the USPS and the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Washington, DC, which the NALC is affiliated, conducted a 10-city pilot program as a “first step” in developing a coordinated, same-day nationwide food drive. Over 290 tons of food were collected in those 10 cities. The drive was not held in 1992 as plans were being developed to expand the efford nationwide.

In 1993 the drive expanded to 200 NALC barnches in all 50 states, covering more than 1,000 communities. A record 12 million pounds (6,000 tons) of non-perishable food donations were collected by city carriers, with help from their rural carrier counterparts in many communities.

The effort, called “Stamp Out Hunger,” is a example of organized labor working to advance the common good in communities throughout the United States, stated the NALC.

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