National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) = Success
by Montgomery Area Food Bank on 07/08/15
The annual food drive of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) collected almost 71 million pounds of food to help restock food banks, pantries and shelters around the country – an impressive result made all the more necessary by the extreme weather experienced by much of the country, along with the economic challenges many Americans face.
The effort on Saturday, May 9, gathered 70.6 million pounds of food – marking a dozen consecutive years in which the NALC drive has surpassed 70 million pounds of food collected. Several local NALC branches still are compiling their figures.
Locally in the River Region we collected more than 76,000 lbs. of donations from Montgomery and surrounding communities! That's over 63,000 meals to serve those that struggle with hunger everyday in our state.
This year's results bring the total to more than 1.4 billion pounds since the drive began in 1992.
"This shows the value of the universal postal network, which goes to more than 150 million addresses six days a week," NALC President Fredric Rolando said. "It also shows the strong connection between letter carriers and the communities they serve – a unique bond that serves the nation well."
The nation's largest single-day food drive, the NALC effort is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. From major metropolitan areas to small rural towns, residents put out non-perishable food donations on that day, which letter carriers collect as they deliver mail along their postal routes.
"Six and even seven days a week, letter carriers see first-hand the needs in the communities where we work, and we're committed to helping meet those needs," President Rolando said.
Hunger affects about 49 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and military veterans. Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.
President Rolando praised the contributions of the various organizations that helped the nation's letter carriers in the food drive. Carriers brought the food to local food banks, pantries or shelters, including many affiliated with Feeding America, which was a national partner in the drive, as were United Way Worldwide, the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, the AFL-CIO, Valpak and Valassis.