Island Harvest Food Bank and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) are again joining forces for the 24th Annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign on Saturday, May 14, as part of the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Postal carriers throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties will collect nonperishable food items left by caring Long Islanders who want to be part of the solution to end hunger on Long Island. All food collected will benefit Island Harvest in providing supplemental food support to the more than 316,000 Long Islanders at risk of going hungry every day.
“The longstanding partnership we have forged with the NALC, the United States Postal Service and our corporate partners is making a difference in providing much-needed food to the scores of men, women and children who often don’t know when their next meal will be,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest.
Participation in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is simple. Residents are asked to leave nonperishable food items such as canned goods, pasta, rice, boxed juices and shelf-stable milk (no glass items) next to their mailboxes before regularly scheduled mail delivery on Saturday, May 14. The postal carriers will do the rest. Food donated will help replenish food supplies at Long Island’s food pantries, soup kitchens and other feeding programs served by Island Harvest.
“The National Association of Letter Carriers is proud to partner with the United States Postal Service and many other local organizations in helping Island Harvest address the critical issue of hunger on Long Island,” said Walter Barton, president, NALC Branch 6000. “As letter carriers we often see the need for food assistance firsthand during the course of our everyday duties.”
Last year, generous Long Islanders donated 346,000 pounds of food to the Stamp Out Hunger collection event, translating into 288,333 meals to assist food-insecure residents in Nassau and Suffolk. This year’s sponsoring partners of the NALC Stamp Out Hunger collection include Stop & Shop and the United States Postal Service.
Visit www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive for more information.