Letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America will deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes.

They will also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the 19th annual National Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” – The largest one-day food drive in the nation.

“As postal employees, our commitment is deep-rooted, when it comes to feeding those, who are less fortunate,” Postmaster John Lindsey said. “We know food banks and pantries have been hit hard by the economy. We will help to restock as many as we can in the Dallas District.”

The efforts of letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with the help of rural letter carriers, other postal employees and numerous other volunteers have resulted in he delivery on more than one billion pounds of donations to community food banks and pantries over the past 18 years, including 77.1 million in 2010.

Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations left at mailboxes and in post offices for delivery to local community food banks, pantries, and shelter. Nearly 1,500 local NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam are involved in the drive.

Campbell Soup Company, the major corporate sponsor, supplies postcards, magazine and newspaper advertisements, and will earmark an additional one million pounds of canned food to the drive. Additional media support comes from Valpak Direct Marketing, which promotes the drive on more than 44 million envelopes delivered to postal customers. The drive also relies on the support of the U.S. Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the United Way Worldwide, AFL-CIO’s Community Services Network, Feeding America, and Uncle Bob’s Self Storage. Generous support is also provided from Family Circus, cartoonists Bill and Jeff Keane, who created a special cartoon to promote the drive.

All food collected goes to Waxahachie CARE locally.