AUBURN, Mass. - National Association of Letter Carriers 'Stamp Out Hunger' Food Drive, the largest one-day food collection event in the nation will celebrate their 20th Anniversary this May.
Each year, the NALC encourages Auburn residents to donate non-perishable food items to help stock community food banks, pantries and shelters for the summer months ahead.
Rain or shine, Auburn residents are asked to leave out non-perishable food items next to their mailbox on Saturday, May 12.
According to Local Food Drive Coordinator Norman LaFlash of the NALC Branch 12, residents can also drop off donation items at the Auburn Post Office located at 60 Auburn Street, the Lorraine Gleick Nordgren Auburn Senior Citizens Center located at 4 Goddard Drive, or Auburn Youth and Family Services.
"Last year over 12,000 pounds of food was collected in Auburn for food pantries in town," LaFlash said at the Auburn Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday.
According to LaFlash, NACL Branch 12 members work in most of the cities and towns in central Massachusetts and last year collected over 348,000 pounds of food.
Residents are requested to donate non-perishable items that can be utilized to "make a meal" such as pasta or canned soup. Kid-friendly foods such as cereal are also in need during the summer months because students are no longer in school.
According to the NACL, each year more than 1,500 NALC branches from every state, involving more than 10,000 cities and towns, participate in the food drive. In 2011, after nearly two decades since the first pilot food drive in 1991, the NALC reported more than a billion pounds of non-perishable items had been collected and transferred to local food distribution centers.
Any questions, contact LaFlash at 508-517-3792 or visit http://www.nalc.org/commun/foodrive/index.html