The annual National Letter Carriers' Food Drive is Saturday, May 13, 2017. Residents in the greater Lansing area will be putting non-perishable food out by their mailbox for pick-up by a mail carrier or an event volunteer driver. Volunteer drivers are needed to pick up and deliver food donations to various collection sites.
At the collection site, volunteers will sort food and package for transport to the Greater Lansing Food Bank. If you would like to volunteer, please click on the link below.
History of the National Association of Letter Carriers' Food Drive
For more than 20 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) has conducted an annual nationwide food drive on the second Saturday in May. Using the unparalleled postal networks, letter carriers collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes. It is held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Among the many local volunteer groups that will help are the United Way, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, National Guard units, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boy/Girl Scouts, various student groups, Rotary Clubs and AARP groups. “Many people in this country struggle with hunger every day,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We are honored to be able to help people in need by leading an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans. Six days a week, letter carriers see first-hand the needs in the communities where we work, and we’re committed to helping meet those needs.” For more than a decade, the drive has annually collected more than 70 million pounds of food. Over the course of its history, the food drive has collected 1.4 billion pounds of food to help feed our neighbors.