Local members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) union are partnering with the U.S. Postal Service, United Way of Wyoming Valley, Commission on Economic Opportunity and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council (AFL-CIO) in conducting the “22 Annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive” on Saturday, May 10.
This is the largest one-day food drive to combat hunger in America. Letter carriers throughout the greater Wyoming Valley area, who are represented by NALC Branch 115 in Wilkes-Barre and Branch 162 in Pittston, will collect food items along their routes to help “stamp out” hunger. All food collected locally will be delivered to local food banks and pantries.
Drive organizers hope to exceed last year’s total of more than 74 million pounds of donated food which fed an estimated 30 million people.
Residents are asked to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 10. Food items should be in non-breakable containers (no glass), such as boxes and cans. Make sure that none of the food items are expired. Letter carriers will then collect the donations as they deliver the mail and take them to local food banks and pantries.
Volunteers interested in sharing their time to help on May 10 at local food banks can call Sandy Moosic of United Way at 570-829-6711, ext. 229.