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National Association of Letter Carriers' Food Drive

National Association of Letter Carriers' Food Drive
Press Release
Saturday, May 14, 2011

The annual food drive organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers is set to take place on Saturday, May 14th. Participating post office branches encourage residents to leave a bag of non-perishable, non-expired food items by their post box prior to their normal mail delivery time on Saturday the 14th.

This food drive has become one of the most important food drives of the year for food pantries and soup kitchens to stock their shelves for the early summer months. Please support your local food pantry by participating in this national event and thank your letter carrier for helping alleviate hunger in the community.

How it works: On or about Wednesday May 11th residents should receive a postcard reminding them of the upcoming food drive. Many branches will also be delivering a plastic bag created especially for food drive donations. If you receive a postcard or bag, please participate in the drive by leaving a bag of food by your mail box on Saturday, May 14th before your regular mail delivery. Your letter carrier will pick up your donations and bring them to their branch post office where the food is sorted and distributed to local participating food pantries and soup kitchens. If you do not receive a postcard or bag or you miss the food drive, please still consider bringing a donation to your local food pantry or send a financial gift to help them supply non food items to their clients. Find your local food pantry at www.essexcountyhungerrelief.org.

Note: Please do not leave any donations contained in glass jars. This causes breakage and possible injury. Thank-you!

About: The National Association of Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive began in 1993 in Phoenix, Arizona as an idea of the Phoenix Letter Carriers. It has since spread and become a national effort, which during its first 18 years has collected over 1 billion pounds of food. Participation by each branch and letter carrier is on a volunteer basis. Essex County Community Foundation has partnered with local branches of the association to provide plastic shopping bags for the event which has been proven to significantly increase participation and therefore food donations. Please participate and thank your letter carrier today!

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