Letter carriers gearing up for annual food drive

May 9, 2019

Letter carriers are hoping to pick up as much as they deliver on Saturday.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation — will have carriers gathering food as they deliver letters and packages.

Rochester carriers will join their peers in more than 10,000 cities and towns throughout America by collecting donated food from their postal customers.

Led by the carriers, other postal employees and volunteers have gathered more than 1 billion pounds of food the past 25 years.

Last year, Rochester carriers brought in 728,712 pounds of food in a single day, with the food supporting the 3,500 Olmsted County families who visit the the Channel One supplemental food shelf each month.

To participate, people throughout Rochester will be filling bags Saturday with food and placing them near mailboxes to help support their neighbors who struggle with food insecurity. Postal workers will collect the donations.