MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its 24th annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive Saturday, May 14, 2016 in 10,000 cities in all 50 states. The food drive benefits food banks across the country.
"We go in to the communities every day, and we see the needs of the community," says Carmen Penny, Vice President of the NALC.
It's simple to participate. Just leave non-perishable food items in a sturdy bag near your mailbox. Your mailman (or woman) will pick it up when he delivers your mail. Everything you donate will stay in your area.
"The food bank is at each post office," Penny says. "They come and pick up directly from the post office."
"We have volunteers that will box that into totes, is what we call it, it's a pallet-sized box," the Montgomery Area Food Bank's Al Bloom says. "We'll bring it back here and we'll sort it out and then we'll distribute it throughout Alabama."
The Montgomery Area Food Bank covers 35 of Alabama's 63 counties, making it the largest food bank in the state. Bloom says It relies heavily on drives like this to continue operating.
"Everything that you see here, our building and everything, is based on either donated or philanthropic support."
The "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive has become the largest food drive in the nation. Last year, letter carriers collected more than 70 million pounds of food. To participate this year, letter carriers suggest donating items like cereal, dry pasta, canned fruits and veggies or soups, and juice.
MOST letter carriers participate in the "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive, but not all of them. Participation is strictly voluntary. You can your local post office to make sure your food will get picked up.