Thank you, Naperville, for donating nearly 60,000 lbs to the Letter Carrier’s Food Drive!
We appreciate the many people who participated, the volunteers who collected and sorted, and the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association for once again supporting our mission to end hunger in our community!
31st Annual Stamp Out Hunger Letter Carriers’ Food Drive Is Saturday, May 13
Naperville Collection to Benefit Families Served by Loaves & Fishes Community Services
The National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association will partner with Loaves & Fishes Community Services during the 31st Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Each year, residents are encouraged to place healthy, unexpired, non-perishable items in bags by their mailboxes on Saturday, May 13, for collection by postal carriers and Loaves & Fishes volunteers.
Last year, the Naperville Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collected more than 41,000 pounds to support families that visit Loaves & Fishes for grocery assistance. This year, given the significant increase in need for food, they are looking to increase that number significantly.
With the nation experiencing a significant rise in the price of food and other basic necessities, the need for assistance continues to grow at a rapid pace. Loaves & Fishes currently serves nearly 8,000 people a week, which is more than double the number of people since the beginning of last year.
“The increase in need for food has been dramatic over the past year and the food supply has not come close to keeping up with the demand. We are having to purchase triple the amount of food that we buy.” said Mike Havala, President and CEO of Loaves & Fishes. “We appreciate the work of the National Association of Letter Carriers, the United States Postal Service, and the support of our entire community, as it is critical for us to get food donated to help keep pace with the big increase in need.”
Loaves & Fishes is asking for help by encouraging the public to participate in the upcoming Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, or they can donate directly to the Virtual Food Drive at loaves-fishes.org.
Don’t live in Naperville? To find out if your community is participating, the NALC website here.