05 May

Letter Carriers, Food Bank to ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is partnering with local Letter Carriers once again for the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 13  in Clovis.  The annual food drive is recognized and held nationwide to benefit food banks and food pantries.

To participate in the food drive, individuals can simply place a donation of non-perishable food in a grocery sack next to their mailbox for pickup by letter carriers.

Volunteers are also welcome from Noon to 5 p.m. on the day of the event at the Clovis Post Office location at 1224 W. 21st Street to help unload food off of the mail trucks.

“Throughout the year, the Food Bank consistently redistributes over 100,000 pounds of food a month in eastern New Mexico. The community’s support for this food drive will help ensure we won’t fall short of that amount despite going into traditionally leaner spring and summer months,” said Food Bank Executive Director Dianna Sprague.

According to the National Association of Letter Carriers’ website, “The national, coordinated effort by the NALC to help fight hunger in America grew out of discussions in 1991 by a number of leaders at the time, including NALC President Vincent R. Sombrotto, AFL-CIO Community Services Director Joseph Velasquez and Postmaster General Anthony Frank. A pilot drive was held in 10 cities in October of 1991, and it proved so successful that work began immediately on making it a nationwide effort.”

In its 34th year, the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico distributes over 1 million pounds of food each year to families and individuals in Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, De Baca and Guadalupe counties in eastern New Mexico.