The National Association of Letter Carriers, National Rural Letter Carriers Association, and the United States Postal Service are joining in a combined effort for a ONE WEEK food drive and pick up from Saturday, May 11 to Saturday, May 18. Alamosa and San Luis Valley postal customers are being asked “to help the hungry” and donate to the food drive. All food collected goes to community food banks which provide meals for the needy throughout the year.
Postal customers wishing to donate food items should put them in a bag or box and leave them by their mailbox before mail delivery during the week of the food drive. The Post Office will also have a food drive bin set up in its lobby, so that customers can drop off their food items at the Post Office if they so desire.
Food items should be non-perishable such as dried, canned and packaged products. Items most needed by food banks are canned meats, soups, fruits, and vegetables; and packaged non-perishables with lots of protein/carbohydrates such as pasta, cereal, powdered milk and vegetables. Every 1.3 lbs. of food equates to one meal.
The food drive is a great opportunity for us all to give something so important to those who need it the most. These include needy children, families, the elderly and the unfortunate whom letter carriers see on their routes every day. Please be as generous as you can, and help feed the hungry in our communities.
If you prefer, you can make a financial contribution by sending a check to The Hope Network, PO Box 1261, Alamosa 81101 or to The Food Bank Network, 513 6th St., Alamosa 81101.
O & V Printing (Bob Hackman) has once again donated the paper and printing for the food drive postcards which are being mailed to San Luis Valley residents as a reminder for the upcoming Food Drive. O & V Printing has contributed to the food drive in this manner for many years. The NALC and the NRLCA are grateful and appreciate the support that O & V Printing has given to the Food Drive.
Gene R Gonzales
NALC Food Drive Coordinator