Another Superb Effort Helps Americans and Communities

WASHINGTON—The annual food drive of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) collected almost 71 million pounds of food to help restock food banks, pantries and shelters around the country, an impressive result made all the more necessary by the extreme weather experienced by much of the country, along with the economic struggles many Americans face. 

The effort on Saturday, May 9, gathered 70.6 million pounds of food, marking a dozen consecutive years in which the NALC drive has surpassed 70 million pounds of food collected. Several local NALC branches still are compiling their figures.

This year’s results bring the total to more than 1.4 billion pounds since the drive began in 1992. 

“This shows the value of the universal postal network, which goes to more than 150 million addresses six days a week,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “It also shows the strong connection between letter carriers and the communities they serve, a unique bond that serves the nation well.”

The nation’s largest single-day food drive, the NALC effort is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. From major metropolitan areas to small rural towns, residents put out on that day non-perishable food donations that letter carriers collect as they deliver mail along their postal routes. 

“Six and even seven days a week, letter carriers see first-hand the needs in the communities where we work,” President Rolando said, “and we’re committed to helping meet those needs.”

Hunger affects about 49 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and military veterans. Far too many people remain unemployed or underemployed and need food assistance, and so pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. 

And with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.

Rolando praised the contributions of the various organizations that helped the nation’s active and retired letter carriers in the food drive. Carriers brought the food to local food banks, pantries or shelters, including many affiliated with Feeding America, which was a national partner in the drive, as were the U.S. Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the AFL-CIO, United Way Worldwide, Valpak and Valassis.

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The 280,000-member NALC represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country's oldest labor unions.





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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – United Way would like to remember Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., of the University of Notre Dame. He was a great man who was committed to helping those less fortunate through compassion and prayer.

Father Ted is pictured below with Ernestine Raclin during Notre Dame's "United Way Hour." View full article from 1973 here.





2-1-1 Announces Public Policy Efforts on National 2-1-1 Day

FORT WAYNE (February 11, 2015)  –  My United Way 2-1-1, a part of United Way of Allen County, announced its new public policy efforts to assist in the expansion and sustainability of the service. 2-1-1 announced that it would focus its efforts on gaining state funding to help support the
service as well as continuing work to secure 2-1-1 as a required dialing code for all telephone service providers. 

2-1-1 is a national dialing code for free, confidential, 24-hour access to more than 1,800 local health and human services, such as shelter, food, legal aid, counseling, utility assistance, health care, transportation and more. 2-1-1 Information and Referral Specialists are trained to help callers identify their needs and determine what agency or program will best meet their needs. My United Way 2-1-1 currently covers more than 1.5 million Indiana residents in 19 counties: Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, Noble, Steuben, St. Joseph, Wabash, Wells and Whitley.

My United Way 2-1-1’s public policy efforts coincide with House Bill 1010, which, if approved, dictates that the State of Indiana would provide $2 million annually to support the service. Discussions on securing 2-1-1 as a national dialing code are not a part of this year’s legislative session, but remain an on-going part of 2-1-1’s public policy efforts.

“The bill’s approval is critical to the work of all 2-1-1 centers in Indiana,” said Tiffany Bailey, director of 2-1-1 Services, Income and Basic Needs. “There is more need now than we can meet each year and additional funding will provide sustainability to the 2-1-1 system and could help increase capacity, allowing centers to answer more requests for service.”

Last year alone, My United Way 2-1-1 received nearly 58,500 calls requesting service. However, they were only able to answered approximately 49,500 of those calls. An additional 9,000 calls were abandoned before a 2-1-1 Specialist could answer.   

For more information about 2-1-1, please contact Tiffany Bailey, director of 2-1-1 Services, Income and Basic needs, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To access local resources please call

2-1-1 or 1-877-502-0700 or visit 2-1-1’s online database at www.myunitedway2-1-1.org.