Now in its 27th year, the National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual food drive, Stamp Out Hunger, will take place this Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will pick up canned goods and other non-perishable food left by customers in marked bags as part of this national effort to alleviate hunger for millions of affected Americans.

This enormously successful food drive is a joint effort shared by letter carriers, their co-workers, friends, family, and community partners. This year’s partners include the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, United Way Worldwide and its local United Ways, AARP Foundation, and Valassis.

The food drive always takes place on the second Saturday of May and regularly elicits a strong response. Last year, for example, letter carriers collected 71.6 million pounds of non-perishable food donations from more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The 2018 amount brought the quarter-century total to nearly 1.7 billion pounds.

With its local presence and national reach, the Postal Service touches every American nearly every day. Americans often view their letter carriers as their direct contact with and connection to the Postal Service. This national food drive event is one of the efforts that ties USPS more closely to the communities it serves.

Do you participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive? Do you see the postal infrastructure as important to providing larger societal benefits? Do you have any other ideas that could benefit the nation through use of the Postal Service’s delivery network? Share your thoughts below.

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  • anon

    Riverton Wyoming , is the worst when comes to food drive let personal bias and favortism and DO NOT SPLITFOOD BETWEEN 3 FOOD PANTRY AND1FOOD BANK.... Gives all to one pantry that is not inspected by US DEPY OF AG for proper food handling and storage. Personal biased also kerp the rural carriers from pickingup out side of ciity limits....

    May 10, 2019
  • anon

    I wish there would be more emphasis on getting volunteers to help carriers pick up food and not worry about getting companies to donate food for lunch that day.

    May 10, 2019
  • anon

    Great idea in theory. In many locales the stuff gets stolen out of mail boxes. In our area (zip 91784) reports every year of thieves stealing the food. Maybe the effort can include online giving or collection boxes at local grocery stores. They steal the mail, which is a federal offense you don’t enforce, who is going to worry about a 75 cent can of corn.

    May 09, 2019
  • anon

    While I gladly participate to what I consider a great cause I feel the whole process has grown to be to big. I understand people’s generosity but the carriers are being taxed to much with the volumes they are collecting. I feel the whole process has grown to big for what should be required for carriers to be asked to do.

    May 08, 2019
  • anon

    Here is my issue: Rural does this for free. City carriers are paid hourly.. they are on the clock .. I am already working for fee, there is no mail count, I still have amazon and my volume has increased. I opted out, was required to deliver the mailers. So it makes since to pay someone to ride my route to pick food up.. Lets do the math. Someone donates money to make the flyers, bags, postage and pays for the work. More than half the food is thrown away because it's expired. Money is taking out of the office fund to throw a party. If you really cared about fighting hunger. You would donate all the money it cost for the food drive. Im going to assume its around 10-20k cost wise (money is coming from somewhere!!) Lets think about every post office who participates. How much is ordered to deliver and how much is thrown in the trash by the customer or UBBM? Take all that money and donate $1,000 to each food drive in the area. There should be an option would you rather give $5-$20 bucks of hard earn money? We sit here and look like we don't care. The truth is: This job isn't like it was 10 years ago. We didn't deliver 150+ packages and Amazons oversized parcels. 10 years ago there was no issue finding extra room.

    May 08, 2019
  • anon

    The postal service should take the food drive serious and it could be so much bigger than it is.... my office is never givien boxholders for this event, our postmaster will not by them stating this is a union thing.... we receive leftove boxholders from other offices the week of the event, making it such a quick reaction time for the customer to respond..... more local advertising is done which is no help to the cause..... it’s sad this event is ran half hearted .

    May 07, 2019
  • anon

    Extremely beneficial in maintaining and expanding the trust we have in the Post Office’s Letter Carriers. Helps promote the generosity of the American People and provides countless food banks with much needed food in their pantries at the right time of the year.

    May 07, 2019
  • anon

    Great effort by the carriers to continue the food drive! All of my family participates across the country.

    May 07, 2019
  • anon

    At our office they don't give the employees the opportunity to volunteer. They pretty much force the carrier's to do it. If a carrier tells them they will not volunteer to pick up the food they make them carry out the bags and cards anyhow but do not send anybody to pick up the food so the customers get angry. I don't like being bullied into volunteering.

    May 07, 2019
  • anon

    carriers are to busy with amazon packages to barely deliver the mail correctly to have to stop at mail boxes to pick up cans of food off the ground and place them safely in the back of the llv is unacceptable

    May 07, 2019
  • anon

    On the surface it appears more beneficial than it actually is. Most people use it as an opportunity to clean out their cupboards, and typically those items can't be used either due to expiration dates or being too random to make large meals. All food kitchens know that money donations make a much larger impact because their dollar is stronger buying in bulk, they buy only what the need and limit waste. The program should change by accepting monetary gifts instead of food.

    May 07, 2019
  • anon

    Set up a service, for a modest annual fee, to have the carrier scan the customer's mailbox each day upon delivery, automatically notifying customer by text or email that delivery has just occurred. This would be an invaluable service to people with disabilities as well as those experiencing mail theft.

    May 06, 2019
  • anon

    In order for USPS to profit, It would have to be a large fee. . I'll try to explain, it's complicated. Currently, every route has a different pay. Once a year we have a "mail count" and everything is counted. It's 2 week long process, once the numbers are crunched thats our pay till the next count. Some of the numbers are based upon the number of scans in our hand scanner. So by adding this feature you are suggesting. It would increase our pay.

    May 08, 2019
  • anon

    on that day there needs to be extra help. it puts a strain om the carrier to deliver all the mail and all the the package volume received now

    May 06, 2019
  • anon

    Could it please be changed to a different Saturday, instead of Mother's day weekend?

    May 06, 2019
  • anon

    I wish there was MORE involvement in rural areas- or promotional items sent to a district, or carrier. I would love to get our office involved but it’s hard to participate, with one single advertiser going out. It would be great to have a poster in the lobby or a drop off location for PO Boxes too

    May 06, 2019
  • anon

    This food drive is so helpful to the people in our community! A time for us to give back to so many! We are all so blessed to have this job, one with benefits and decent pay. I love participating every year, and hope this food drive continues for many years to come! Thanks for letting me part of it!

    May 06, 2019
  • anon

    Whoever makes the cards and bags could donate the money, Including postage. Rural is required to deliver the flyers & Bags . However, we can opt out picking it up. So the post office is going to pay an rca to ride a non volunteer route at $17 hr +gas for the LLV (takes at-least 2 hours to ride my route) thats just one route. I would imagine alot of regular carriers opt out. Again, just donate the money. If there was an option, I would donate vs dealing with this stressful day. I don’t have room for my packages much less food, It’s a daily struggle delivering OVER 170 packages. It cost the Post office MORE money putting us further into debt.

    May 06, 2019
  • anon

    I think this is for a great cause and while it does cause the carriers extra work it’s worth it. I would suggest getting rid of the plastic bags. No bags at all. People always have their own. Just use the flyer and state use ANY plastic or paper bag. Please ask customers to put the bad INSIDE or hanging from the mailbox. It makes us work a lot harder when they are on the ground.

    May 06, 2019
  • anon

    The annual NALC Food Drive is important to the communities that we serve around the country. This is the largest one day food drive in America and all the food is distributed locally. Hunger is a problem that needs to be solved, until then, we need to do our part.

    May 06, 2019
  • anon

    Yes i participate and am happy to VOLUNTEER my time for a great event. However, i despise the fact that city craft sponsors this event and is paid for every extra minute it takes them and us rurals are not compensated a single extra cent.

    May 06, 2019

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