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The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) conducted its 20th annual food drive to combat hunger on May 12. Nationwide, letter carriers collected non-perishable donations as they delivered mail along their postal routes.
In 2011, letter carriers collected 70.2 million pounds of food donations along their postal routes, bringing the total to more than 1.1 billion pounds for the NALC’s food drive, which began in 1992. Already many communities are reporting higher donations in response to news reports about how hunger is a growing problem in the United States.
NALC President Fredric Rolando noted that most school lunch programs are suspended during summer months, leaving millions of children needing alternate sources of nutrition.
“We’re privileged to be able to help people in need by leading an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans,” Rolando said. “Six days a week, letter carriers see first-hand the needs in the communities they work in, and we’re committed to helping meet those needs when possible.”