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Annual NALC Food Drive held nationally and regionally

07.30.13

JUNE 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Annual NALC Food Drive held nationally and regionally

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, May 29th- The annual highly successful nationwide food drive conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers and other members of the labor community was held on Saturday May 11th throughout the nation and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The NALC’s annual one-day food drive is the largest in the nation and is held each year on the second Saturday in May in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all fifty states of the union, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. This was the 21st annual NALC Food Drive to help “stamp” out hunger.

“The results will enable the food pantries that we supply across the country to help feed the 50 million Americans, one-third of them children, who live in families that lack sufficient food.

Six days a week, as we deliver mail to every address in America, letter carriers see first-hand the needs in the communities we work in, and we’re privileged to lead an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans,” stated NALC International President Fredric Rolando.

This year could have been the last food drive conducted on a Saturday because of the United States Postal Service (USPS) plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery to American homes and businesses throughout the nation. However, the agency at the very least postponed the elimination of six-day a week mail delivery because the United States House of Representatives passed legislation to force the USPS to continue the Saturday mail delivery, which was wrapped into a government spending bill.

Approximately 50 union members in the Wyoming Valley volunteered to participate in the May 11th event including twenty-six who spent four hours at the Pittston Meals on Wheels Food Bank.

NALC Branch 115 in Wilkes-Barre and Branch 162 in Pittston helped collect food for over 30 local food banks in the Wyoming Valley. The NALC Food Drive represents approximately one-third of the food they will distribute throughout the year, stated Walter Klepaski, the America Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation United Way of the Wyoming Valley Community Services Labor Liaison.

The largest union member group outside of the NALC to participate in the this years event were apprentices of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 163 in Wilkes-Barre. Approximately 20 Local 163 members volunteered.