Live Oak —
The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold their annual national “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive on Saturday, May 10. For city and rural route letter carriers in Live Oak, McAlpin, Wellborn, Branford, O’Brien and other county post offices in Suwannee County, this will be the 22nd year the letter carriers and their customers have participated in this annual event which helps stock agency food pantries across Suwannee County. NALC Member Rick McManaway and Postmaster Blair Beaty are coordinating the event for the Live Oak Post Office.
Each year United Way Worldwide partners with the National Association of Letter Carriers and Feeding America to address hunger by providing food to those most in need. It is the largest one-day effort to combat hunger in the United States with millions of families participating and thousands of letter carriers, postal employees and volunteers collecting the donations. Locally, United Way of Suwannee Valley coordinates the effort with the local post offices and agencies which receive the contributed food.
The Live Oak letter carriers last year hauled in more than 12,000 pounds of food from their customers’ residences to the loading docks of the post offices. Participating agencies include Love INC; Vivid Visions domestic violence center; The Arc North Florida, which has group homes for citizens with developmental disabilities; and local churches with food pantries.
“People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable food such as canned soup, vegetables, meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mail box before the regular delivery on Saturday,” Postmaster Blair Beaty said. “These would include canned tuna or chicken as well as canned stews and peanut butter. Please do not include any glass or perishable items.”
Assisting 1,400 NALC branches will be rural letter carriers and other postal employees, plus members of other unions and civic volunteers. Prime partners are local United Ways, the AFL-CIO and Feeding America.