Food Drive Participants
On Saturday, May 14, 2011, the National Association of Letter Carriers will again help Stamp Out Hunger across America, but they won’t be doing it alone.
Now in its 19th year, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, with letter carriers having collected more than one billion pounds of food from postal customers since its inception. Supporting the drive this year are Campbell Soup Company, the U.S. Postal Service, Feeding America, Valpak, the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the AFL-CIO, United Way and Uncle Bob’s Self Storage.
Below is an overview of each group’s involvement in the drive.
National Association of Letter Carriers
The National Association of Letter Carriers, founded in 1889, is the union representing city delivery letter carriers who deliver mail six days a week for the United States Postal Service to residences and businesses across America. Today, the NALC maintains its tradition as a vibrant union of over 300,000 members in all 50 states and other U.S. jurisdictions. For more information, visit www.nalc.org.
Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup and sauces, baked snacks and healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of market-leading brands, including “Campbell’s,” “Pepperidge Farm,” “Arnott’s” and “V8.” Through its corporate social responsibility program, the company strives to make a positive impact in the workplace, in the marketplace and in the communities in which it operates. Campbell is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. For more information, visit www.campbellsoup.com.
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.
United States Postal Service
A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 150 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $67 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 29th in the 2010 Fortune 500. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency six consecutive years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.
Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America, is owned and operated by Cox Target Media, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Media Group. With approximately 180 franchises throughout the United States and Canada, The Blue Envelope® delivers savings and value to nearly 40 million households each month. Annually, Valpak will distribute some 20 billion offers inserted in more than 500 million envelopes. Valpak also offers digital solutions with www.Valpak.com®, an online site for local savings, which has nearly 40 million offer views each month, as well as mobile phones, including apps for iPhone™, iPod touch®, Android™, Palm® Pre™ and Blackberry® platforms. For more information, please contact 1-800-676-6878.
The American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 55 national and international labor unions with more than 10.5 million members. AFL-CIO and its affiliate unions have been the single most effective force in America for enabling working people to build better lives and futures for their families. The AFL-CIO plans an active campaign of support for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, working with field staff, state federations and central labor councils to coordinate support for local NALC branches. For more information, visit www.aflcio.org.
United Way is a worldwide network in 40 countries and territories, including nearly 1,300 local organizations in the U.S. It advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change. For more information about United Way, please visit: LIVEUNITED.org.
National Rural Association of Letter Carriers
Rural carriers have always been firm supporters of the event, working side by side with city carriers to collect food and directly contributing to the event’s success. This year, the NRLCA will assume a new national role in the drive as a full national partner in the event alongside co-sponsors such as the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup Company, Valpak, the AFL-CIO, United Way and its local United Ways, and Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. In its new national role, the NRLCA will assist NALC and the drive’s other co-sponsors in promoting the volunteer collection of non-perishable food on the second Saturday in May, encourage increased participation by rural carriers in the effort, and help deliver donations to local food banks, pantries and shelters. In connection with our new partnership, the NRLCA logo will appear on all national publications and other promotional materials of the drive.
Uncle Bob’s Self Storage
Uncle Bob’s Self Storage is one of the nation’s largest self storage operators, with over 350 locations in 24 states. Founded in 1982, the company is a long-time supporter of the Food Bank of Western New York and other local charities. At Uncle Bob’s, we believe in giving back to the communities in which we work and play. Today, Uncle Bob’s actively supports community events throughout the country.
We are proud to be part of the Stamp out Hunger Campaign, and we look forward to growing our relationship with the other stakeholders in a continuing effort to fight hunger in America.