CAROL STREAMâ€”Letter carriers throughout the Northern Illinois U.S. Postal Service District will â€œStamp Out Hungerâ€ this Saturday, May 8, when the annual food drive starts its 18th year. On that day, letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations from homes as they deliver mail along their routes.
The annual event between the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the U.S. Postal Service is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. This joint effort will help feed families in all 50 states. But closer to home, employees at more than 217 post offices throughout the Northern Illinois District will be getting ready to help break last yearâ€™s national record of 73.4 million pounds of food collected.
â€œWith the commitment of our employees and the community, we fully expect this be the most successful food drive ever,â€ said district spokesperson Sean Hargadon. â€œWe are amazed by the consistent generosity from the public every year.â€
Donations across the country from this yearâ€™s event are expected to increase the total amount of food collected throughout the years to over 1 billion pounds. The total currently is 982.7 million pounds. Last year, throughout Northern Illinois, letter carriers collected more than 335,000 pounds of food.
NALC President Fredric Rolando said that as successful as the food drive has been in the past, it must be better this year due to the struggling economy.
â€œMillions and millions of families are sufferingâ€”struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table,â€ said Rolando. â€œFood banks, pantries and shelters need our help more than ever this year. As families count on them for support, theyâ€™re counting on us and we will not back off on our commitment.â€