A letter carrier picks up his first sack of donated canned tuna and cereal at a front door at the beginning of his mail delivery route Saturday, May 13th. He puts the bag in the empty space in the back of his truck between his packages and letters ready for delivery. He says he expects the truck to be full of donations for AFAC at the end of the route. “But after I deliver them to the post office, I have another route today so will be going back out again.”
Photo by Shirley Ruhe.
Arlington letter carriers juggled mail delivery with bags of canned goods, cereal and other non-perishable items left at front doors along their route at the Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday, May 13. The annual nationwide event is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) with the local food donations given to local nonprofits that feed the hungry, Arlington Food Assistance Center here in Arlington. It is held on the third Saturday of May each year.
Although Arlington residents are generous according to Charles Meng, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AFAC, generally food contributions have been down because the economy has affected those who contribute as well as those who receive the supplemental groceries. AFAC is hit by a double whammy as prices rise for the food AFAC purchases and the need is greater for the growing number of families coming to AFAC each week. AFAC is an independent, community-based nonprofit organization now serving over 3,000 families each week at 17 sites across Arlington and two new sites outside Arlington, an all-time high. AFAC continues to need donations of food, financial donations and volunteers. See https://afac.org/