In the Ozarks, 1 in 4 children lack regular access to food. On May 11, you can help fill the pantries and, in turn, fill the bellies of hungry kids across the Ozarks.
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 27th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 11. The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), United States Postal Service, AFL-CIO Labor Engagement Partnership with United Way of the Ozarks, Ozarks Food Harvest and local food pantries will hold a news conference to kick off this event at:
- 11 a.m. Thursday, May 9
- USPS, Main Office, Gene Taylor Facility
- 500 W. Chestnut Expressway
- Springfield, MO 65801
The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in the community. The week of the event, more than 200,000 blue grocery bags will be distributed across the Ozarks. Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods in these bags, or any sturdy bag, next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes and distribute them to local food pantries.
Last year’s event collected more than 252,000 pounds of food for local food pantries.
With the economic struggles our communities face, the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is as critical as ever. Not only do 1 in 5 residents live below the poverty line and go hungry right here in the Ozarks, local food pantries are struggling to keep their shelves full. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, thousands of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.
For more information, visit www.nalc.org/food.