The 28th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® food drive, scheduled for May 9, 2020, has been postponed.
The NALC and its national partners are committed to rescheduling the food drive later in 2020; however a new date has not been set.
“The annual success of the food drive is largely due to the efforts of letter carriers, other postal employees, postal customers, community volunteers and many more. “Their safety is of paramount importance,” the union said in a statement announcing the postponement.
“Much of the United States is currently under shelter in place or similar advisories due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and public health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued guidelines that include social distancing,” the union said.
“While it is unknown how long these guidelines will remain in place, it is highly unlikely that those involved in the food drive will be able to safely participate just six weeks from now.
“NALC and our national partners recognize that food assistance is a critical need for many during this difficult time, and we remain committed to helping those in need in the communities we serve across America. We look forward to once again holding the largest one-day food drive in America when it is safe to do so.”
Millions of Americans donate food through the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on the second Saturday in May each year to help fight hunger in their communities. While the Letter Carriers may not be able to safely conduct the food drive on its traditional date, the NALC is encouraging those who would otherwise participate to consider donations that may be safely made to area food banks in the form of food or financial assistance.
“Letter carriers, our national partners, community supporters and volunteers will be prepared to Stamp Out Hunger® once again when it is safe to do so,” the union said.