Chicago IL – The 26th annual food drive by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), will be held on Saturday, May 12. Last year’s Food Drive collected 75 million pounds nationwide, the third-highest total in the event’s history. Combined with the previous year’s record of 80.1 million pounds, that makes a two-year total of 155 million pounds—the highest back-to-back total in the drive’s history.
In Chicago, last year’s food drive total was more than 4 times the amount collected in 2016 reaching 603,597 pounds. The food donated stays local, going to pantries in the zipcode area where collected.
A kick-off event will be held Monday morning, May 7 at 10 a.m. at the Main Post Office located at 433 W. Harrison in the East lobby on the first floor.
The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is the country’s largest single-day food drive. It 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. In the quarter-century since it began, the annual food drive has collected almost 1.6 billion pounds of food.
Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans.Several national partners assist the NALC in this year’s food drive: the U.S. Postal Service, United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Way Worldwide, AARP Foundation, AFL-CIO, Valpak and Valassis.
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