Letter carriers to take food donations Saturday

Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The National Association of Letter Carriers will participate in the nation’s largest single-day food drive Saturday at Charleston’s main post office at 1002 Washington St. E. Letter carriers will also collect nonperishable food donations as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

The NALC’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is held every year 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.

Earlier this week, postal workers distributed a card to homes encouraging residents to donate canned meats, fish, soup, vegetables, pasta, cereal, peanut butter and rice. The card also asked donors to avoid giving food in glass containers.

NALC believes the timing of the food drive is important since pantry shelves filled up through winter and holiday generosity often become bare by late spring. Most school meal programs are also suspended during summer months, so millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.

Throughout the day, National Guard volunteers will meet letter carriers at various locations to collect the food donations and deliver them to the loading dock at the main post office.

Other volunteers, including Charleston firefighters, will load the food onto tractor trailers that will deliver the food to the United Food Operation, a nonprofit operation based in Nitro that will distribute the food to local food banks.

The 280,000-member NALC represents letter carriers working for the U.S. Postal Service across the country. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country’s oldest labor unions.

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