Postal carriers from Union Branch 567 (Alexandria City and parts of southeastern Fairfax County) not only delivered mail, but also picked up non-perishable food items from every house where food was set out on Saturday, May 12. The drive resulted in 4,430 pounds of food for UCM — or about a two week’s supply of food for the organization’s food pantry.
Brian McCormick, coordinator of the National Stamp Out Hunger Day in Alexandria, started helping with the event five years ago in an effort to shine a light on hunger in the community.
The event, part of the National Stamp Out Hunger Day, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NACL) and Cambell Foods, is now in its 20th year.
As the summer months approach, food becomes particularly vital, according to Jose Fratti, the manager of UCM’s Food Pantry.
UCM always needs people who will sponsor food drives or contribute directly to the organization so that it can buy food from area food banks at deeply discounted prices. If interested, contact Marcos Castillo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-768-7106 ext 328.
The National Association of Letter Carriers is the union of city delivery letter carriers working for the United States Postal Service founded in 1889. Today, the NALC maintains its tradition as a vibrant union of over 300,000 members in all 50 states and other U.S. jurisdictions. For more information, visit http://nalc.org/commun/foodrive/index.html.