Letter carriers food drive will be May 12
CLARKSVILLE: Clarksville members of the National Association of Letter Carriers invite local residents to join them in their 26th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 12.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need. When the national food drive started in 1993, food banks suggested that it be held in the spring, when the stocks of food donated during the winter holidays were starting to run low.
Citizens simply leave their donations of non-perishable goods in a sturdy bag next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 12. Letter carriers will collect the food as they deliver mail along their postal routes. Donations of canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, and packaged pasta, rice or cereal are recommended.
Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan joins with municipal leaders across the country in commending the letter carriers and has issued a proclamation to support the food drive.
“These men and women are dedicated to community service, and put in a lot of extra work to make this food drive a success,” Mayor McMillan said. “So let’s all do our part and partake in this special day of giving.”
This year local letter carriers will distribute the food they collect to Loaves and Fishes and Urban Ministries, two well-established food agencies in Clarksville. Similar agencies across the state will benefit for this effort.
“Over the years, the food drive has grown in importance and in impact,” said Ray Maki, president of the local NALC branch. “This is something that local letter carriers take seriously, and we appreciate that our community joins in and helps us provide food to people who need it. All the food we collect will remain right here in Clarksville.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan presented a proclamation in support of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The drive, conducted by local letter carriers, will be Saturday, May 12. Pictured, from left, are local postmaster John C. Greiner, Mayor McMillan, local NALC branch president Ray Maki and Demoia Eatherly, chief steward for local rural letter carriers.