You can help our letter carriers help others this Saturday, May 13, during the 25th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. And, this is the perfect week to pick up a memento to mark the special anniversary.
Postal patrons are asked to leave non-perishable and non-glass contained foodstuffs at their postal delivery boxes, where letter carriers will retrieve them.
Over the last 24 national food drives, letter carriers have collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food, helped by untold thousands of fellow postal employees, retired letter carriers, family members and friends, according to the NALC website. The food is distributed to local food pantries within the same communities where it was collected.
So, please help those around you who could use a little extra help.
You can mark this special event with a sheet of special postage to collect or to send on mail. Souvenir sheets of 20 first-class (49-cent) Stamp Out Hunger Family Circus PhotoStamps are available from the American Philatelic Society. The sheet, released March 4 at AmeriStamp Expo in Reno, Nevada, features artwork by Family Circus cartoon artist Jeff Keane, son of comic creator Bil Keane. The supply of sheets ($22.99 plus shipping) is limited through the APS specialty store.
Souvenir Postage Commemorates
25th Anniversary “Stamp Out Hunger®” Campaign
The American Philatelic Society (APS), in partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), is pleased to unveil a commemorative postage sheet for the 25th Anniversary of the “Stamp Out Hunger®” Food Drive. This personalized postage souvenir sheet, printed by PhotoStamps, will be available beginning Saturday, March 4 at AmeriStamp Expo — the nation’s second largest annual stamp and postal history show — being held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.
The souvenir sheet features some of the iconic “Stamp Out Hunger®” campaign artwork, designed by artists Bil and Jeff Keane of the Family Circus comic strip, now synonymous with the campaign. Jeff Keane will join representatives from the NALC to dedicate this personalized postage at a special ceremony on Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m. to celebrate the national kick-off to this 25th anniversary food drive.
Prior to 1991, there had been efforts by a few branches of the NALC to collect food for those in need. In the fall of 1991, an organized effort was held in 10 cities. Two years later, the NALC held its first national drive in mid-May, a time between holidays when the food banks’ donations are often waning. The initial goal was to have one branch in every state participate. That year, more than 11 million pounds of food was collected. In 2016, 80.1 million pounds of food was gathered, bringing the grand total donation to date to 1.5 billion pounds of food.
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