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NALC Food Drive 2008

This year’s drive will be held on its traditional second Saturday of May, May 10, 2008.

Letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America are asked yearly to collect non-perishable food items donated by customers for the annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive—the largest annual one-day food drive in the nation. Postal employees in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands collect food and deliver it to local community food banks, pantries and shelters.

An estimated 35 million people face hunger every day in America, including more than 9 million children. This drive is one way to help those right in their own city or town who need help.

Entering its 16th year, long-time supporters of the drive include the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup Company, America’s Second Harvest, local United Ways, Cox Target Media and the AFL-CIO Community Services Network. Since 1993, the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive has collected over three-quarters of a billion pounds of food for community food banks and pantries. A welcome addition to this year’s food drive is a new, “official” logo, which incorporates the name of the union and also the “Stamp Out Hunger” slogan.

In 2007, more than 119 million postcards were mailed to customers in towns and cities throughout America letting them know how they could help. Each year, customers are asked to place non-perishable food items next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers the mail on the day of the drive. The letter carrier does the rest, taking the food to the Post Office where it is sorted and delivered to an area food bank or pantry. Postal customers of some New York City and Chicago areas where there is no mailbox collection of donations are asked to take their contributions to their local participating Post Office but will have an option of virtual Internet food drives to assist with collections for local food banks.

Help the U.S. Postal Service Stamp Out Hunger!

Food Drive 2007

Now, mind you, I think the NALC food drive is a good thing. They raise millions of pounds across the USA for food banks.

That being said, it’s the lousiest day of the year to be a delivery supervisor. Here your carriers have to pick up all this food on top of doing their route, and your boss wants to know why they’re running late. They’re late because they’re picking up food, you fool. The carriers get all the glory, the clerks get nothing, and you have to explain something that makes perfect sense. You pick up bags of food, it’s going to take you a while to get your route done.

And some of these people eat better than me. I’m looking at donations of food I can’t even begin to afford. I’m worried about paying medical bills, and some guy is eating smoked mussels somewhere. Cans of ham. Upscale soups.

Then there’s the people who donate the crap they’ve had sitting in their cupboard for 6 years and they’re tired of looking at it. Cans of generic food you wouldn’t feed your dog.

Speaking of 6 years, this is my sixth year of doing a food drive, and so help me, it’ll be the last. I’ll cackle when I donate a box of MRE’s that my wife inherited from her dad 10 years ago, and let some other supervisor worry about why a carrier picks up a 1,000 lbs. of food, and has to explain to THEIR manager why some guy couldn’t make it back by 5:00.

I started 2 routes down; don’t you go asking me why we barely made 6:00 on food drive day. Sheesh.

And why was I stupid enough to give my boss my cellphone number. It’s my day off, I’m trying to relax, and suddenly I find myself answering all the stupid questions I just mentioned. If I ever make it somewhere else, damned if they’re going to get my cell number.

I patiently check every week to see if a maintenance supervisor’s job came open. You got tips for my 991, you just let me know. I get everything paid off, and pushing a broom is starting to look good to me. Besides, I was in good shape pushing a broom. Now I’m fat and miserable.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I feel better now. 😛