2010 NALC National Food Drive

May 4, 2010  //  United Way

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) announced today that the nation’s largest annual food drive to combat hunger will be conducted this year on Saturday, May 8.  On that day, letter carriers will collect non-perishable donations from homes as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

The 18th annual NALC National Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.  Carriers collected a record 73.4 million pounds of food in last year’s drive. The drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in over 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

Donations from this year’s drive are expected to push the overall total since the annual drive began 18 years ago to over 1 billion pounds.  The total currently is 982.7 million pounds.

Donations will be collected by more than 1,400 local branches of the 295,000-member postal union and delivered to food banks, pantries and shelters that serve the communities where they are collected.  Assisting in the effort are rural letter carriers and other postal employees, as well as members of other unions and thousands of civic volunteers.