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Mail Carriers To Collect Food Donations On Saturday

May 08, 2015 07:36AM ● By Bill Gilman
The Tewksbury Food Pantry's largest one-day food collection drive of the year will take place on Saturday with the U.S. Postal Service Food Drive.

Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

Led by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food the past 22 years.

In the case of Tewksbury, the food gathered will be donated to the Tewksbury Community Food Pantry, which provides essential food supplies to more than 250 low-income families in Tewksbury.

Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved.

The United States Postal Service, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, AFL-CIO, Feeding America, United Way, Valassis and Valpak Direct Marketing Systems are all supporting this year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail Saturday. The carrier will do the rest.

The food is sorted, and delivered to the Tewksbury Community Food Pantry, where it is available for needy families.

With 49 million people facing hunger every day in America, including nearly 16 million children, this drive is one way you can help those in your own city or town who need help.

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