JULY 2015, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News
NALC collects more than 71 million pounds of donated food
BY PAUL TUCKER
REGION, June 26th- On Saturday May 9th the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Union in Washington DC held their annual National Food Drive and collected nearly 71 million pounds of food to help restock food banks, pantries and shelters around the country.
The NALC stated the amount of food collected was an impressive result made all the more necessary by the extreme weather experienced by much of the country, along with the economics struggles many American face.
The NALC represents mail carriers of the United States Postal Service (USPS), excluding rural delivery throughout the nation. As always, the NALC Branches in Northeastern Pennsylvania participated in the one day event in 2015. The newspaper will report on how much food was collected throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania in upcoming editions.
However, regionally union members affiliated with the Scranton Central Labor Union and the Greater Wilkes-Barre labor Council labor federation’s participated in the annual food drive, which is the largest one-day food collection in the nation.
The NALC has approximately 200,000 active members and began the food drive in 1991 and have conducted the event every year since 1993. There are around 1,500 NALC branches throughout the nation that participate in the food drive.
The United Way of America and Feeding America sponsored the food drive with several other organizations providing volunteers or financial support for the event.
While the NALC members collect the food items from their customers many other union member volunteers sort and deliver the collected food to area shelters and food banks.
This year was the twelfth consecutive year in which at least 70 million pounds of food was collected.
“This shows the value of the universal postal network, which goes to more than 150 million addresses six days a week. It also shows the strong connection between letter carriers and the communities they serve, a unique bond the serves the nation well,” stated NALC International President Fredric Rolando.
“Six and even seven days a week, letter carriers see first-hand the needs in the communities where we work,” added Mr. Rolando.