Written by: Sue Panek, Oshkosh United Way
Members of the National Association of Letter Carriers Union (NALC) and the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association will be conducting their annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign. The date of the event is Saturday, May 14th and will be held not only in Oshkosh but nationwide!
In 2015, active and retired NALC members, alongside family members, friends and other volunteers collected (in the form of canned and boxed non-perishable food) the equivalent of more than 70.6 million pounds donated by generous postal customers. "Everyone involved in this year's food drive should be proud," NALC President Fredric Rolando said. Speaking to members of the NALC members, he continued, "Your generous donation of time and energy will help ensure that millions of our customers-children and adults-can put desperately needed food on their tables."
The local postal team led by Dennis Resop, will try to match or exceed last year's impressive local collection of more than 50,000 pounds of food. So why is this drive so important? Dennis stated that this drive has been going on in Oshkosh for more than 18 years. Each year, because of the generosity of our postal customers we have helped to fill the shelves of our pantries at a time when food is needed the most. With summer coming, many families that take advantage of the Free/Reduced lunch program through the school district, must now find a way to provide healthy lunches for their children. Also, according to reports from local pantries, they are seeing larger families and more elderly guests coming to utilize local food pantries.
Working together, full-time and part-time city carriers are helped by their union brothers and sisters, the rural carriers, to sponsor this year's drive. National sponsors offering equally invaluable support in a variety of ways include: the U.S. Postal Service, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, Valpak, Valassis, and Feeding America with its network of food bank affiliates. Locally, Festival Foods and the Oshkosh Area United Way are also part of the Stamp Out Hunger drive.
This is the largest food drive in the City of Oshkosh. In fact, the food drive is the largest one-day food collection event in America.
Here's how it works
- The week of the drive, letter carriers will be delivering plastic bags for you to use for your donations. You will also receive a reminder postcard a few days before the drive.
- Then on Saturday, May 14th, letter carriers, their families and other volunteers will be picking up the food and delivering it to the local pantries. Postal customers are asked to have their food out by their mail boxes early.
What to donate
- Pantries are in need of soups
- canned meats and fish
- canned fruits and vegetables
- peanut butter
- (Please no glass containers)
We can always use volunteers to help at the pantries. If you would like to volunteer, please contact one of the pantries listed below.
Oshkosh Area Community Pantry
2551 Jackson St.
Omro Community Food Pantry
310 N. Webster Ave.
685-2529 or 231-7546
Emmanuel United Church of Christ
1306 Michigan St.
Father Carr's Food Bank
1062 N. Koeller St.
417 Algoma Blvd.
His Church-World Outreach Center
2704 Jackson St
Lutheran Food Pantry
714 Division St.