|Letter carriers to kick off drive to fight hunger
The National Association of Letter Carrier’s (NALC) 21ST Stamp Out Hunger Drive on May 11 is the largest annual one-day food collection drive in the United States and the largest single food drive in Sonoma County.
To participate, residents are asked to place a bag of non-perishable food items like peanut butter, pasta, rice, canned foods and low-sugar cereal by their mailbox before mail is delivered on Saturday, May 11. Donations can also be made at local post offices during normal business hours. Letter carriers will collect the food items and deliver them to the Redwood Empire Food Bank’s headquarters in Santa Rosa.
“I look forward to our Food Drive day every year because it’s a way to give back to my own community, where I often see the need first hand,” said Linda James, the NALC Food Drive Coordinator for NALC Branch No. 183. “All of the food that is collected locally stays local, and that really helps the food bank make it through the summer months.”
This year more than 400 letter carriers of Branch No. 183, who cover Sonoma County, northern Napa County and portions of Lake County, will be promoting the event and picking up food donations left for them on May 11.
The proceeds will then be sorted and delivered to the Redwood Empire Food Bank and pantries in the North Bay.
David Goodman, Executive Director of the REFB, urged local residents to participate. “A bag of canned food, soups and pasta and other products may seem like a small donation if things are going well for you, but it is huge for an individual or a family with kids who is out of work, homeless, or simply doesn’t make enough money to adequately feed themselves.”