Branches ready to ‘Bust a Billion’ in 18th NALC national food drive
Only a few days remain until the May 8 NALC National Food Drive – an icon in the nation’s effort to help millions of families facing hunger – with expectations that the drive will break through the 1 billion-pound mark in total donations collected since the union’s effort began 18 years ago.
The drive this year hopes to exceed last year’s 73.4 million pounds nationally, which would easily surpass the 1 billion total mark, since the current total stands at 982.7 million pounds.
Residents are asked to set out non-perishable food items at their mailboxes for mail carriers and their helpers to pick up this Saturday. Items can also be brought to local post offices during regular business hours.
Many local groups, organizations and volunteers will help out with this year’s food drive, including the United Way of Carlton County.
“Help is still needed on Saturday, May 8, to follow the postal workers and collect the food, help sort the food at the post office and stock the food on the
shelves,” said United Way Director Carol Longseth.
If you or your business or organization can help, call Longseth at 218-879-8404.
The postal food drive is the largest food drive of the year for the local Salvation Army Food Shelf and is especially important this year due to the dramatically increasing number of individuals utilizing the food shelf.