Stamp Out Hunger on May 12!

Augusta’s letter carriers will participate in the 20th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive and need the help of our entire community. Although the project is national, all donations collected in Augusta will benefit the Augusta Community Caring Center.

To support the effort, citizens simply put non-perishables (no glass, please) out by their mailboxes on Saturday, May 12. Our postal carriers will collect all the donations and deliver them to the Caring Center.

Augusta residents have always been generous on this day, says Dennis Berner, Augusta’s NALC local union steward.

USD 402 joins the local postal carriers in expressing appreciation to our supportive community, as food drives such as this one end up benefiting many of our students and their families.

Berner says local letter carriers delivered a total of 7,000 pounds of food to the Caring Center last year, more than doubling previous years' totals. They hope to match last year's total this year, especially with the need being so high this year. Nationally, the drive gathered over 70 million pounds of food in the one day last year, according to an article on the NALC website.

In the same article, NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “Each year, the second Saturday in May is a day when all citizens have an opportunity, with the help of their letter carrier, to easily donate food to needy families in their community.”

Further, Rolando said, “The drive, the largest one-day food-collection event in the nation, has been a success every year, but the needs are particularly sad, even staggering, in 2012.”

“Sixteen percent of all Americans are at risk of hunger—uncertain where their next meal may be coming from. That includes 1 in 5 children under the age of 18, plus 4 million seniors who are forced every day to choose between paying a utility bill and buying food,” said Rolando.

Other sponsors of the food drive include Campbell Soup Company, Valpak, U.S. Postal Service, United Way, AFL-CIO, Feeding America, Uncle Bob’s Self-Storage and AARP, according to the NALC website.

The article on the NALC website also said, “Back again as the drive’s celebrity spokesperson is singer and “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon, and this year’s special “Family Circus” artwork is dedicated to the memory of longtime supporter and “Family Circus” cartoonist Bil Keane, who died in November.