LAS CRUCES – The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), in cooperation with the United States Postal Service, will hold its 21st annual food drive to help local and national food banks Saturday, May 11, 2013, said NALC Branch 2905 President Bette Sprau of Las Cruces.Food-Drive-72-4in

Schools are invited to join the drive by allowing the NALC to place collection boxes for canned and dry food in their front lobbies, said Sprau. Local residents are asked to leave donated food in bags or boxes outside their homes on the morning of May 11 for mail carriers to pick up.

The 2012 food drive “collected 70.7 million pounds of food to feed America’s hungry,” said Sprau. “We are looking to surpass that number this year to get the food banks stocked for the summer months, while school is out,” she said. Since the drive began 20 years ago, more than 1.2 billion pounds of food have been collected. The NALC National Food Drive is the country’s largest one-day food-collection effort.

“The need continues to grow as 50 million, which includes 17 million children, live in households that experience hunger or the risk of hunger in our country,” said Sprau. “As men and women who touch every neighborhood in America six days a week, letter carriers far too often see first-hand how poverty and hunger affect the customers we serve. Plus, many disadvantaged children who depend on schools for breakfast and lunch will soon be on summer break, and that places increased pressure on food pantries and similar charitable organizations.”

Collection boxes will be delivered to participating schools Monday, April 29 and picked up Friday, May 10, said Sprau. The NALC will also provide schools with flyers to help spread the word about the food drive to parents, families and other community members.

Any school who wishes to participate in the food drive can contact Sprau at 575.915.4934, bettes2905@gmail.com or sprau.bette.a@usps.gov. Or, email LCPS Coordinator of Communications Mike Cook at mcook@lcps.k12.nm.us.

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