Load the mailbox for USPS canned food drive on Saturday

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The National Association of Letter Carriers, in collaboration with the United States Postal Service, the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties is putting on its 26 annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Saturday, May 12.

The NALC’s “Stamp Out Hunger” drive is the nations largest single-day food drive with last year’s drive resulting in carriers collecting over 75.3 million lbs. of food from local communities in all 50 states. The District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were also included in the drive.

Since it’s conception in 1993, total donations have surpassed 1.6 billion pounds of food.

“We, as a group, have a lot of causes we like to stand up for,” said George Sciascia, a National Association Letter Carriers Representative. “When you see someone go hungry, you have to do something.”

Donating is as easy as leaving a letter in the mail. Customers are instructed to leave their non-perishable food donations in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday, May 12, before their letter carrier arrives that day. Special bags will be provided by letter carriers days prior to the drive.

The USPS and NALC also encourage the donation of foods such as canned tuna, salmon beans and peanut butter, given their high protein content and demand.

“We really just want people to spread the word,” Sciascia said. “If you don’t know about it, people won’t donate.”

For more information on NALC’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive visit: http://www.stampouthungerfooddrive.us/

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