Postal Service employees collected 75 million pounds of food through Stamp Out Hunger this year, the third-highest total in the drive’s history.
Combined with last year’s record haul of 80.1 million pounds, this makes the two-year total approximately 155.1 million pounds — Stamp Out Hunger’s highest-ever back-to-back collection.
The drive has collected almost 1.6 billion pounds since it began in 1993.
“It’s an honor to be able to help people in need by leading an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans,” said National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) President Fredric Rolando, whose organization leads the annual one-day drive.
More than 10,000 communities participated in this year’s Stamp Out Hunger, which was held May 13. The NALC announced the results this week.
Through Stamp Out Hunger, letter carriers and other postal employees collect food donations for local pantries.
The drive aims to reduce hunger, which affects about 50 million people across the nation, according to the NALC.
The organization’s news release has more information.