This Saturday, May 13th, marks the 14th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive. Postal employees in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are expected to participate, the postal service said..
Last year the drive collected a record 71.3 million pounds of food, making the total amount of donations to community food banks and pantries from the event over the last 13 years more than 500 million pounds.
About 10.7 million people, or 3.7 percent of Americans, experienced hunger for one or more days in 2004, according to “Household Food Security in the United States, 2004,” published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
For what is billed as the “largest annual one-day food drive in the world,” customers are asked to place the food items next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers the mail Saturday. The letter carrier will take the food to the post office, where it is sorted and delivered to a local food bank or pantry. The fact that the food is distributed locally, and it is so simple to participate makes this an easy project for people to contribute to and participate in.
Window Book fully supports this effort, and hopes that everyone in our mailing family chooses to participate.