Letter Carriers Help Stamp Out Hunger

Close to 4,000 letter carriers in urban and rural areas throughout Oregon and Clark County, will join with letter carriers across America to collect donations of nonperishable food from their postal customers on Saturday, May 14, during the National Association of Letter Carriers food drive.

Rachel Bristol, CEO of Oregon Food Bank, Kevin Card, Oregon State President of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and Don Pearson, Regional President, Wells Fargo joined us today to answer a few questions about the drive.

• The National Association of Letter Carrier’s Food Drive is the largest, one-day, nationwide food drive. And it all began in Oregon.

• This is the one day of the year that all Americans  -- with the help of letter carriers – can easily donate food to help needy families in our communities.

• In our area, demand for emergency food is at record high levels. NALC food drive is more important than ever.

• The goal is to raise a minimum of 2 -million pounds of food in one day for the Oregon Food Bank Network.

• It’s easy to participate.

1. Your letter carrier will deliver a degradable white, plastic bag the week prior to the food drive. 
2. Fill the bag (or any sturdy bag) with nutritious, nonperishable food.
3. Place the bag by your mailbox early in the morning on Saturday, May 14.

• The bag you receive in the mail is degradable. With sunlight and water it will degrade into little pieces – much like a fallen leaf.

• All food stays in the community where it was collected.

• Most-wanted nonperishable foods include: canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon), canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese), canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils), pasta, rice, cereal, canned fruits, 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed), canned vegetables, cooking oil, boxed baking mixes.  Look for foods high in nutrition and low in sugar and fat.

• Since 1999, the food drive has raised more than 16 million pounds of food in Oregon and southwest Washington. Last year, letter carriers across the country collected a record of more than 73.4 million pounds of food.

• Wells Fargo is making the degradable bags possible and hundreds of Wells Fargo employees will volunteer their time.

• This year, in many areas, volunteers will follow letter carriers to help gather food. 

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