Our national union, the American Federation of Teachers, is working closely with our sister union—the National Association of Letter Carriers—to support the 22nd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.
In the week leading up to SATURDAY, MAY 10 your Letter Carrier will add a specially branded brown paper bag to your regular mail delivery. On May 10 they ask you to fill that bag with non-perishable food items, leave it outside your door or by your mailbox and your Letter Carrier will pick up the bag and deliver Feeding America San Diego which is our local participating food bank. (If you don’t get a bag, any bag will do, just mark it “Stamp Out Hunger.”)
I’m excited to report that this year approximately 30,000 of the bags that are coming to homes in the San Diego area will bear a special AFT Reclaim the Promise logo. Similar bags will be delivered to communities in New Mexico and Mississippi as well as distributed directly to AFT members through their AFT local unions in St. Paul, Corpus Christi, Houston, El Paso, Baltimore, Oklahoma City and Portland.
The Letter Carriers goal is to surpass last year’s collection of 74.4 million pounds of food items. Together we can do this!
This food drive is the largest in the United States and it is union-led. Since 1992 we have collected 1.3 billion pounds of food that ends up in the homes of our neighbors living in food insecure households. Millions of children go to bed hungry every night. Those same children face increasing hunger challenges as their school meal programs are ended when their school year ends. And more than 9 million seniors over the age of 50 face the threat of hunger every day. They need our help.
I encourage you to fully support this effort. No matter if you get a special AFT branded bag or a Stamp Out Hunger bag, please take a photo of yourself placing your bag by the mailbox and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be posted to AFT social media.
Jim Mahler, President
AFT Guild, Local 1931
San Diego & Grossmont-Cuyamaca