Letter carriers nationwide collected 70.6 million pounds of food along their routes May 9 during the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, according to results announced on the National Association of Letter Carriers union’s website yesterday.
The total continues a streak of 12 consecutive years in which Stamp Out Hunger has collected at least 70 million pounds of food, and it brings the total yield of the NALC food drive, which began in 1992, to 1.4 billion pounds.
Local NALC officials said Twin Cities carriers collected more than 1 million pounds of food.
The union called it an “impressive result made all the more necessary by the extreme weather experienced by much of the country, along with the economic struggles many Americans face.”
“This shows the value of the universal postal network, which goes to more than 150 million addresses six days a week,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “It also shows the strong connection between letter carriers and the communities they serve, a unique bond that serves the nation well.”
Various community organizations assisted with the food drive locally, including Second Harvest Heartland, Greater Twin Cities United Way and the AFL-CIO Community Services program, which directed union volunteers to help staff collection sites in Cub Foods parking lots and food shelves across the Metro Area.