Melinda Hammond
Director of City Delivery
Outlook March / April 2019
Food Drive
This year’s NALC National Food Drive is the byproduct of a tradition of community service exhibited repeatedly by members of the letter carrier unions across the country over many years. This is our 27th year of going into the very same communities that we serve daily. We show our customers by example that we offer a valuable service aside from trusted mail delivery and it comes in the form of our National Food Drive.

As we all know the Food Drive is held each year on the second Saturday in May (May 11th this year), and this event couldn’t have come at a better time. Food banks have suggested that it should be held in the spring, when the food supplies donated during the winter holidays start to run low.

There is a common misconception that the only people who need food are the homeless. Anyone can lose their job or be down on their luck and require help at any given time. Some of you may even know people who work full time but are just getting by because of their low-paying wages and require assistance.

As we all know, this year the government was shut down for 35 days. We were fortunate that we did not have to worry about being out of work or at work and not receiving a paycheck at the end of the pay period. But those individuals and families who had to suffer through it had to find ways to make it work. One helpful way came through food banks and that is where we all come in. This is a perfect example of why we have our Annual Food Drive.

Year after year, we come to your station and explain the importance of donating a non-perishable item. Branch 36 covers the Bronx and Manhattan and the food we collect services those same areas. Thank you for all you help because without out you, the brothers and sisters of Branch 36, we would not be able to assist many families in need.

Our Food Drive kick off will be held at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger located at 263 West 86th Street. Come celebrate with us and witness for yourselves how we deliver more than just the mail.

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