Friday, April 18, 2014
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Postal Service food drive raises 5,800 lbs

By Christine Foster

 Journal Reporter

  The National Association of Letter Carriers teams up with the Campbell Soup Company once a year to help eradicate hunger in the U.S.  This “Stamp Out Hunger” campaign is thought to be “the largest one day food drive in the nation, and probably the world.”

The drive is held on the second Saturday in May.  The letter carriers of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and nearly 1,500 local branches in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands participate in this endeavor. Over the last 20 years, more than one billion pounds of food has been distributed to food banks and pantries across the country.

 After the non perishable food items are picked up, they are then donated to local charities and ultimately given to needy local families.

 This food drive is held in more than 10,000 cities and towns. The Belton post office collected 5,800 pounds of food.

 “The letter carriers enjoy this day as it is a way to give back to the community,” said post master Anthony Palomino.