Help ‘Stamp Out Hunger®’

Help ‘Stamp Out Hunger®’


Announcer: Since 1994,
America’s letter carriers have collected food
on the second Saturday in May to help those in need
in their communities. Each year, countless local
food banks and pantries receive donations from
the NALC Food Drive. Let’s take a look at
one of those pantries and some of the people
who benefit. I’ve been homeless
for 14 months. This is my second winter
out on the street. I had to flee
domestic violence in August, me and my son. No, I’m not working,
I’m unemployed. Well, I’m unemployed,
can’t find a job. So, I do what I can
to get food. My son was eating
a lot of starch, eating a lot of noodles. I mean, that’s the only thing
that I could really afford. You gotta do what you gotta do
to put food on the table. To feed my family, it helps, you know, it’s important to us.
Yes. Roxanne: We provide food
in several different ways. It’s all free and it goes to
people who are in crisis. We get people from,
people who have just lost their job to people
that just aren’t making enough money
through hours or not making enough money
on their wages. You know, it’s tough now. There are a lot
of stereotypes about who we serve, you know,
some people think that it’s the homeless population
that needs these services. It’s actually working families,
you know, oftentimes parents who are working
one or two jobs or even more. There will always be a need for
this type of service because people will always
face emergencies. If they usually come in here, it’s because they
really need the help. You don’t realize how many
people in our area, you know, really need
the extra help. So, I think it’s good to
show our kids by helping others,
feel good about yourself, too. Roxanne: The letter carriers
are able to see the community as a whole, more so than many of us who are
driving on the main streets, only going to
certain neighborhoods. Letter carriers go into
all neighborhoods and they are able
to find the places and see the people that are
living in certain situations that are not ideal. Kirsten: We’re talking about
a huge quantity of food that comes in through the National Association
of Letter Carriers. We’re talking about
over 200,000 pounds of food
over the past 3 years. Roxanne: The postal carriers
food drive could not come at a better time of the year. I come in on Monday morning
and see all the bins of food. It’s very exciting and wanna
know what the total is and wanna know how much food
was brought in over the course of the weekend. Because it really is,
it’s gold to us. I just got an apartment today. So, I’m grateful
for the food bank to put something
in my refrigerator. To not just give you food
but give you healthy food; it’s just so amazing,
so great to me. It means a lot to the family,
because this is something that they don’t have to stress out
and worry about. You know, with enough problems
with the economy, not makin’ ends meet, you know, food shouldn’t be one of
the things we worry about in the United States. Roxanne: We always know that
each individual letter carrier does it out of their feeling of wanting to give back
to their community. And we understand that this is
something that is done out of the goodness of their heart. We’re very grateful
for their efforts. Leo: Thank you, you know,
thank you to what they do for the cause,
and continue doin’ it. Let’s get it done very year. Because, you know, hunger
just doesn’t go away. It’s not just for the weekend, just for Christmas,
just for Thanksgiving. This is an everyday issue. To the amazing letter carriers who are part of the Stamp Out
Hunger campaign, I would first say thank you. We really are
so grateful to have thousands of pounds of food
coming in in spring, at a time when much of the
public isn’t thinking about the need in their community. We really can’t
do it without you. Well, it’s great work.
I like to thank them very much. You know, it’s a great work. You don’t find it
in the world, you know. It’s something very good
for people who need it. I want them to know that what
they’re doing is just so great. They couldn’t be doing a greater
job and I really appreciate it. To the letter carriers,
I appreciate all your help. You know, I mean,
to anybody who works here, you know, it’s a great thing. ‘Cause, I tell you what, without
it, I don’t get much, you know. I don’t get much. I go to, like, day shelters and eat leftover food from
stores or stuff like that, so, to be able to go home
and cook my own meal tonight is pretty awesome. Announcer: Every can,
every bag, every community– America’s letter carriers,
delivering hope. On Saturday, May 14, join
your NALC brothers and sisters in the fight
to Stamp Out Hunger.

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