On Saturday, May 12, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its annual food drive, which helps stock the shelves of food banks in Pierce County and throughout the country. This national event is a great opportunity for residents and businesses to join together to see that no person goes hungry in our community.
Pierce County postal carriers partner with Emergency Food Network and area food banks to collect more than 300,000 pounds of food during the Letter Carriers Food Drive. McKinney Trailers and Containers generously donated the use of 15 trailers to store the collected food during this one-day drive on the second Saturday of every May. Bank of America sponsored the purchase of 312,000 bags used for the event.
Each address in the county will receive a bag, but there is no limit to the amount of bags postal carriers will collect. Postal carriers and volunteers will drive through neighborhoods to pick up your donations. Suggested non-perishable items include peanut butter, canned soups and chili, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, and other items high in nutritional value.
Each month in Pierce County, local food banks and hot meal sites see an average of 110,000 visits made by children, seniors and adults. In 2011 EFN distributed 13.1 million pounds of food worth $16.5 million at no cost through its warehouse operation. EFN is able to leverage their purchased and donated food to distribute $12 worth of food for every $1 donated.
To learn more about EFN, volunteering, or to obtain a food drive information packet, visit www.efoodnet.org or call (253) 584-1040.