Letter Carriers’ annual food drive Saturday, May 11 seeks donations


Place a bag of non-perishable food items by your mailbox the morning of Saturday, May 11 and your letter carrier will pick it up for donation to local emergency foodshelves.

The National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive is the nation’s largest one-day collection of donated food.

“The need always goes up a little bit more each year,” said Samantha Hartwig, food drive coordinator for NALC Branch 9 in Minneapolis and for a four-state region including Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North and South Dakota.

Donations to local foodshelves at this time of year are especially important, she said. “This time of year, the spring, is the time when the foodshelves have the lowest volume of food for families.”

NALC makes it easy for everyone to donate. “On the food drive week, people will get a postcard in their mailbox telling them the food drive is coming and a blue plastic bag,” Hartwig explained. “All they need to do is bag the food and leave it by the mailbox and the letter carrier will do the rest.”