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Every second Saturday in May, letter-carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

Led by letter-carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with help from rural letter-carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food over the past 20 years.

Carriers collect nonperishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved.

The United States Postal Service, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, AFL-CIO, Feeding America, United Way, Valassis and Valpak Direct Marketing Systems are all supporting this year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

To donate, just place a box or can of nonperishable food next to your mailbox before your letter-carrier delivers mail on Saturday, May 9. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted, and delivered to Loaves and Fishes (and other local food pantries), where it is available for needy families.

With more than 50 million people facing hunger every day in America, including nearly 17 million children, this drive is one way you can help those in Ayer and the surrounding communities who need help. Please help make this year’s event even more successful than last year.

Gary Luca

Postmaster Ayer

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