May 2, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) joined the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), AFL-CIO, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), and United Way, to kick off the 25th Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive at the Capital Area Food Bank.
“From the food processing and packing facilities to your local grocery store, UFCW members help to keep America’s families fed with safe and nutritious food,” said UFCW International President Marc Perrone at today’s kickoff event. “Unfortunately, our jobs also allow us to see countless customers we serve struggle to put food on their tables. The America we believe in, that I know you believe in, is one where no family or person should go hungry. This food drive truly supports America’s hard-working families and we are so proud to be a part of it.”
Today, in the United States, an estimated 49 million people, or almost 1 in 6, struggle with “food insecurity,” which is another way of saying that someone has no idea where his or her next meal is coming from.
As America’s only national retail food workers union, UFCW represents professionals in grocery stores and food processing plants across the country who see firsthand how hard-working men and women are struggling to feed their families.
Stamp Out Hunger aims to fully restock food banks across the country that are in desperate need of supplies. Last year, a record 80 million pounds of food was collected.
To participate, all someone needs to do is fill a bag with non-perishable food and leave it at their mailbox on Saturday, May 13. Letter carriers across the country will collect donations as they deliver mail.
The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org.