Stamp Out Hunger returns

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is back.

The annual event, which had to move online for the past two years because of the coronavirus pandemic, resumes in-person collection on Saturday, May 14.

This year, both options are available: Customers can follow the traditional route and leave bags of nonperishable food items by their mailbox, or they can contribute to the online donor drive. Both are spearheaded by the National Association of Letter Carriers, or NALC.

The food drive is timed for the second Saturday in May each year because late spring can be a crunch time for pantries. Students will soon leave school, where meals were often provided, but the holiday stockpile of donations is running low.

“We look forward to the day when no one in the country worries about feeding themselves or their families,” but until then, letter carriers will lend a hand to bring food to their tables,” said NALC President Fredric Rolando.

In addition to the Postal Service, NALC has partnered with several other groups for the drive: the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Valpak, United Way Worldwide, CVS Health, the AFL-CIO, the Kellogg Co. and Valassis, a subsidiary of Vericast.

The union cautions that the in-person event is subject to change or cancellation if safety should become a concern. The online donor drive will continue in either case.

Marketing master

A Texas postmaster’s sales lead has resulted in a marketing campaign deal worth more than $99,000 for the Postal Service.

Maureen Padilla, who leads the Grapevine Post Office, talked with a representative of a business that provides housing for people who need various levels of medical and personal care. The customer was looking for a cost-saving way to market the company’s services.

Padilla submitted a lead through the Business Connect program, which allows postmasters, managers and supervisors to initiate follow-up discussions with customers about USPS products and services.

Ronnie Goode, a sales territory executive, followed up with the customer and closed a mailing deal worth $99,300 in new estimated annualized revenue for the Postal Service.

Sales generated from Business Connect leads are included in the USPS Every Lead Counts campaign to raise revenue through sales leads from employees.

“Maureen knew USPS could help her customer with marketing and moved quickly to put them in touch with someone who would make it happen,” said Dorothy Muir, small-business senior sales specialist at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC. “Maureen leads the way in caring about customers.”

The Postal Service is encouraging as many employees as possible to submit at least one lead through any of its six lead programs by Sept. 30.

The Small Business and Lead Generation Programs Blue page has more information about Business Connect and the other employee lead programs: Clerks Care, Customer Connect, Mail Handlers, Rural Reach and Submit a Lead.