On Saturday, May 8th, Denton County letter carriers will help “Stamp Out Hunger” as part of the National Association of Letters Carriers (NALC) Food Drive. Now in its 18th year, the NALC food drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
Last year, Denton County letter carriers collected 21,000 pounds of food benefiting the Denton Community Food Center and organizers hope to break the 25,000-pound mark this year.
“To put things in perspective, we distribute between 5,000 and 7,000 pounds of food a week, so 21,000 pounds of food will last us about four weeks,” said Tom Newell, Denton Community Food Center Board Chair. “This is the single largest drive we do all year.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported in 2008 that 49.1 million people in the U.S. lived in households where there was not enough food, and of those, 16.7 million are children.
“We like to remind people that hunger is a year-round issue,” Newell said. “There’s a six-week period between November and December that accounts for about 45% of the donations we receive all year. This drive in May, when we go into a quiet time period for donations, is very critical and very important to us.”
The Denton Community Food Center is an all-volunteer staffed, donor-funded, community-based charity.
To help “Stamp Out Hunger” in Denton County, leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable food items, like canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on May 8. Food items should be in non-breakable containers, such as boxes and cans.
Letter carriers will be collecting donations from homes across the county and delivering them to the Denton Community Food Center. In addition, volunteers will be stationed at the Kroger located at 5021 Teasley Lane and the Brookshire’s on Interstate 35E to collect food donations.
If you would like to volunteer on the afternoon of May 8th during the food drive, contact Brooke Moore at the United Way of Denton County at 940-566-5851.