The Flushing Letter Carriers will be doing their part to help the hungry as part of the annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) food drive on Saturday, May 9.
To take part in the food drive, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag with non-perishable foods near their mailbox to be collected during their regular mail delivery on Saturday. The NALC had suggestions for what kind of food to leave, including peanut butter, rice, cereal, pasta and many canned options such as soup, vegetables, meats and fish.
This year will mark the 23rd time that the NALC will hold the food drive, which takes place every year on the second Sunday in May. According to the organization, it is the largest single-day food drive in the nation, with letter carriers in 10,000 cities and towns taking part in all 50 states.
Letter carriers will bring the collected food to local food banks, pantries and shelters. The NALC says that springtime is a crucial point for many hungry families, as food pantries filled courtesy of winter-holiday generosity are usually bare by this time of year.
“Letter carriers are honored to be able to help people in need,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “On a daily basis we see the needs in the communities we serve, and we believe it’s important to help meet those needs.”