PRESS CONFERENCE ADVISORY
WHAT: The City of Little Rock and Mayor Frank Scott Jr. join forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and Arkansas Foodbank to help spread the word to Stamp Out Hunger in Little Rock and North Little Rock and throughout Arkansas this Saturday, May 14th
WHEN: Thursday, May 12th at 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: U.S. Post Office, 600 E. Capitol Ave. Downtown Little Rock
WHO: Mayor Frank Scott Jr, Little Rock; Rhonda Sanders, CEO of Arkansas Foodbank; Patrick Booker, Little Rock Letter Carrier & NALC Food Drive Coordinator; Paula McDore, Little Rock Postmaster; and Anita Strickland, North Little Rock Postmaster
The press conference will take place outside the post office
Info about Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 30th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 14. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in the community.
To participate in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice, or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 14th. Your letter carrier will take care of the rest. Please no glass or homemade items.
The donations made in Pulaski County on Saturday, May 14th will be delivered to Arkansas Foodbank and then distributed to those facing hunger right here in central Arkansas. Several other post office branches will be collecting food items all across our state to be donated to local pantries in their communities.
Volunteers at Arkansas Foodbank will sort through donated items to distribute them back out to the community to help feed Arkansas families in need. If you would like to help volunteer on Saturday, May 14 at the Foodbank, shifts are available from 6:00 pm-8:30pm. To sign up for a volunteer shift, please visit www.arkansasfoodbank.org or call the Foodbank at 501-565-8121.
The Letter Carriers’ food drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Hunger affects 1 in 5 Arkansans, including children, senior citizens, and veterans.
In the 30 years since it began, the food drive has collected about 1.82 billion pounds of food for struggling residents nationally.
The need is as great as ever, given the pandemic-caused economic dislocations of the past two years. The traditional food drive is returning this year after a two-year hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020 and 2021, it was replaced by NALC’s donor drive, in which those wishing to help made online donations to local food pantries.
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) The 280,000-member NALC represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country’s oldest labor unions. For more information, visit nalc.org/commun/foodrive/index.html.
Arkansas Foodbank, the largest hunger relief organization in Arkansas, offers innovative programming focused on serving hungry Arkansans with healthy and nutritious food. Programs like Food For Kids, Food For Families, and Food For Seniors provide food and other resources for more than 400 food pantries, schools, shelters, senior centers, and other community partners that help our neighbors in need. The Foodbank is a proud member of Feeding America and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. For information on how you can fight hunger, visit arkansasfoodbank.org.