Monday, April 26, 2010

Stamp Out Hunger!

Article courtesy of Foodlinks America

In what is billed as the largest one-day food drive in the nation, donations of non-perishable foods will be collected by more than 230,000 letter carriers as they make their rounds on Saturday, May 8, 2010. The food will then be delivered to food banks and other emergency food providers. "Millions and millions of families are suffering--struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table," said Frederic Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers. "Food banks, pantries, and shelters need our help more than ever this year. As families count on them for support, they're counting on us and we will not back off on our commitment," he emphasized. Rolando noted that donations are particularly important now, as school food programs are suspended for the summer months and millions of children must find alternate sources of food. Total food collected in the postal union's "Stamp Out Hunger" event this year is expected to top last year's record of 7 million pounds collected. Donations from this year's drive are expected to push the overall "Stamp Out Hunger" total above one billion pounds since the annual drive began 18 years ago. The total currently is 982.7 million pounds.

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