USPS food drive takes place Saturday

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Postal workers and volunteers locally and nationwide will collect nonperishable food on Saturday, May 10, for the 22nd annual National Association of Letter Carriers' Food Drive.

It is touted to be the largest one-day food drive in the country. Last year, 72 million pounds of food were collected and nearly 1.3 billion pounds of food has been collected according NALC website.

“A lot of us have been through a pretty wild winter,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “and springtime has struggled to take hold in many parts of the country, so we’ve got our fingers crossed that Mother Nature will give us a break on that special Saturday—especially since that happens to be the day before Mother’s Day this year.”

With one in six Americans either living at risk of hunger or not knowing where their next meal will come from, the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is just as important today as the first one was back in 1992. Also, food collected stays local.

“Participation in the drive couldn’t be easier,” Rolando said. “All we ask is that postal customers place a bag of nonperishable food by their mailbox before their letter carrier comes by on Saturday. We’ll pick it up and deliver it to a nearby food-distribution charity within that same community.”