USPS carriers aim to collect food and mail

From staff and press reports

On Saturday, May 12, residents across America will be asked to join the U.S. Postal Service and its delivery carriers to combat one of this nation’s growing problems — hunger, by leaving food at their mailboxes. This one-day food drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive across America and the post offices in Winston County which includes Louisville and Noxapater are participating. Louisville Mayor Will Hill, Noxapater Mayor Tommy Gardner, and Chancery Clerk Julie Cunningham representing Louisville, Noxapater and Winston County respectively showed their support Tuesday with proclamations promoting and honoring the drive. The 20th-annual food drive, conducted through the National Association of Letter Carriers, will benefit food pantries in the area. The Winston County postal carriers goal is to collect 3,000 pounds of non-perishable foods. This is the third year that both city and rural carriers in Winston County will participate in the food drive. Mail customers with post office boxes or residents already running errands in the area may drop off their donations at either post office between now and May 12. The two post offices have a hamper set up in the lobby to collect donations. In 2011, carriers across the country collected 70.2 million pounds of food donated by customers on their delivery routes, which marked the eighth consecutive year the total food collection was at least 70 million pounds. The Winston County carriers have collected about 2,700 lbs each year. The event comes just in time for the summer season, a time when many children who receive their main meal from school lunches and breakfasts may be making do with much less. The nation’s largest single-day food drive, Stamp Out Hunger addresses the needs of nearly 49 million Americans – including 16 million children – who are at risk for hunger. National partners supporting the drive include the National Association of Letter Carriers, The National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, Campbell Soup Company, Feeding America, the U.S. Postal Service, Valpak, the AFL-CIO, United Way of America, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage and the AARP Drive to End Hunger. Although it is a national initiative, the food raised in the Stamp Out Hunger campaign will be used to help area residents. For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.