By Michael Buhler
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will be doing its best to eradicate hunger in America and in Haysville on Saturday, May 11, when it has its annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Haysville’s letter carriers will put information cards in residents’ mail boxes May 8 and/or 9 telling people what to do for the food drive. On May 11, carriers ask that residents have their food available for collection by 3:30 p.m. at the very latest. Food collections will begin at 8 a.m.
“Last year we collected 5,091 pounds,” said Barbara Schneiter, Haysville Stamp Out Hunger coordinator. “It would be nice if each of our six mail routes could bring in 1,000 pounds this year.”
According to the NALC, the number of registered branches for the 2013 food drive already has topped 1,250. Post offices across the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands are participating in the event.
“With America still reeling with devastating unemployment, the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive comes at a most critical time,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a press release. “With the support of unions all across America, the NALC can set a record in collections, helping those who have lost their jobs in this economy and the millions more facing economic uncertainty.”
Food collected this year will stay in Haysville. The food is being taken to the West Haysville Baptist Church, and it will be divided up between the West Haysville Baptist Church food pantry and the Haysville Senior Center food pantry.
“We feel tremendous about it,” Schneiter said. “One in every six Americans faces hunger or lives at or below the poverty level. We’re real proud of Haysville people. They give a lot of food for a community of their size.”
In addition to the cards that letter carriers will leave in mail boxes, information about the Haysville food drive will be on Channel 7 in Haysville. For more information, go online and visit www.helpstampouthunger.com or facebook.com/stampouthunger.