BY MELANIE BUCK –
Mail carriers in Mena collected more than two tons of food during the annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger food drive that is held by the United States Postal Service on the second Saturday of May each year. The drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation and has been ongoing for 24 years. More than a billion pounds of food has been collected over the two decade period.
According to their website, usps.com, carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. “Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved.”
Locally, in 2017, a total of 4,547 pounds of non-perishable food was picked up on Saturday, May 13th.
Some of the participating mail carriers are shown pictured with their truck load of donations.