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- "Soup Bowl"
- "Letter Carrier's Food Drive"
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The 19th annual NALC National Food Drive will be held again on the second Saturday in May—this year, on May 14—and more than 1,500 NALC branches from every state, involving more than 10,000 cities and towns, will help stock community food banks, pantries and shelters for the summer months.
To help paint a picture of what’s at stake for this year’s drive, NALC President Fredric V. Rolando pointed to recent Department of Agriculture statistics measuring hunger in the United States.
“Those figures show that the number of Americans living in homes lackin g sufficient food topped 50 million in 2009,” Rolando said, “with one in three of those—17.2 million—a child.
“Sadly, that represents a 30 percent increase in just one year.” he said. “No doubt many of us have seen the evidence of this every day on our routes.”
The president urged all letter carriers to enthusiastically join in the food drive effort and to encourage customers to put donations of non-perishable food—including baby food and pet food—by their mailboxes on May 14.
To help get the word out, more than 82 million postcards (including 2 million Spanish-language cards), sponsored by two national partners, the Campbell Soup Company and the Postal Service, will be delivered just before the drive as a reminder to residents. Branches that ordered the postcards
an expect to see them arrive beginning April 15. (Branches that requested postcards after the ordering deadline passed and whose requests are unable to be filled will be notified by the end of the first week in April.)
The cards will supplement the more than 44 million special envelopes produced by national partner Valpak and scheduled for delivery throughout April and early May to promote donations.
National partners including the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the AFL-CIO, United Way Worldwide and its local United Way organizations, the national food bank network Feeding America, and Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, are working diligently to help advertise the drive.
AARP is supplying 3 million special paper bags for drives in areas with particularly needy senior citizens, with special emphasis on Pennsylvania and Alabama.
Publix food stores—a longtime supporter of the drive—will again provide more than 8 million plastic bags for delivery to customers throughout Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
In Oregon, Wells Fargo Bank is covering the state with plastic bags for the drive, and in northern California, International Paper has supplied another 400,000 paper bags.
Actor and musician Nick Cannon has recorded a public service announcement that is available on both YouTube and Facebook. Cannon, husband of singer Mariah Carey, also is highlighted on a PSA for magazines and on the food drive postcard alongside NALC Region 1 food drive coordinator Paula Miller (see example, upper right).
And Campbell Soup has arranged for advertisements to be placed in numerous national magazines
and in Sunday newspaper coupon fliers just before the drive. Campbell’s also maintains the official
Facebook and Twitter social networking sites.
A 5K walk in April, which benefits agancies in Bloomington that address issues dealing with homelessness.
The first Indiana University basketball practice celebrates the great tradition of Indiana basketball. Attendees bring canned goods to donate to HHFB as they enter Assembly Hall. It is one of HHFB's biggest food drives of the year.
Every June, the Taste of Bloomington brings together the best food, drinks and music around the city. This event is also a benefit for the “Hoosier Hills Food Bank” and “Community Kitchen”. For more information about the “Taste of Bloomington” please visit Taste of Bloomington.
Not a day off for Bloomington residents. Each year, community members spend the day volunteering at Hoosier Hills Food Bank and other agencies around Bloomington.