The U.S. Postal Service and Indianapolis Public Schools joined forces on May 9 to draw attention to the problems of hunger in the Indianapolis area by kicking off the National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.


The annual drive was held Saturday, May 11.


In Marion County alone, there are 46,250 food insecure children, so USPS and IPS chose to hold the event at Brookside School 54 on East 10th Street, which is located in one of the “food deserts” in Indianapolis.


Present at the kickoff were Indianapolis Postmaster Christi Johnson-Kennedy, IPS Board of School Commissioners Vice President Venita Moore, a representative from Congressman Andre Carson’s office, Brookside School 54 Principal Erin Simpson, and several USPS executives.


With the help of sponsors, volunteer organizations and USPS employees in 10,000 communities nationwide, the NALC conducted its 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.


Last year’s drive resulted in carriers collecting 71.6 million pounds of food from local communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since the drive began in 1993, total donations have surpassed 1.6 billion pounds of food. The food drive has become the nation’s largest one-day campaign to collect food for distribution to needy families.


The food collected during the drive will be donated to Gleaners Food Bank, which also supplies items to the food pantry at Brookside School 54.