Local mail carriers will be participating in the 21st Annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ National Food Drive this Saturday.
The non-perishable food items collected will go to the local food pantries.
“Since food pantries and other service organizations are pretty much tapped out by the time our drive rolls around,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “this infusion of food comes at just the right time.”
In fact, the second Saturday in May was specifically chosen for the annual event.
Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity are often bare or nearly so by late spring — a sad reflection of the reality that widespread hunger in America is a tough problem to solve.
Also, school meal programs typically do not continue operation during all the summer months.
Last year the food drive gathered more than 70 million pounds of food nationally. It is the country’s largest one-day food collection effort.
Residents are asked to leave items by the mailbox.