Every day, all across America, millions of hard-working families struggle to put food on the table. Working together, we have the power to make a big difference in the lives of these families.
In communities throughout California, members of our union are excited about helping feed America’s hungry.
United Food and Commercial Workers 8-Golden State represents tens of thousands of members who work at Save Mart, Vons, Food Maxx, Raley’s, Rite Aid and other union stores, as well as meat processing plants, medical facilities, wineries and business offices.
As important role-players in America’s food-distribution system, we are proud to be partners in the National Association of Letter Carriers’ 2016 Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday.
Since 1992, Stamp Out Hunger has been the largest one day-food drive in America, collecting more than 1.2 billion pounds of food since its inception.
The partnership between UFCW and NALC is a natural one. Working families see their letter carriers at least six days a week, and they often see their retail clerks and checkers just as frequently.
We’re all members of a proud union family. We’re your neighbors and friends. And we’re committed to improving the lives of others who have difficulty making ends meet.
Every time someone comes through a grocery checkout line and has to put an item back because he or she can’t afford it, and every time a pharmacy customer has to choose between purchasing medicine or food, we see the pain it causes and we are motivated to help fix it.
In the days leading up to Saturday, your local letter carrier will deliver empty grocery bags to your doorstep. Please fill these bags with food purchased from your local union retailer and leave them near your mailbox on Saturday.
Your donated items will be picked up by your letter carrier and distributed to food banks in your community.
Every hard-working family has earned the right to a better life. This is why we fight to make a real difference in the lives of working and middle-class families. Better wages, better benefits, schedules giving working people control over their lives, and safe and just workplaces are what truly matter.
Whether or not you are a member of the UFCW, helping others have better lives is a responsibility we all share.
Thank you for joining us in making the 24th annual Letter Carriers’ food drive a success.
Jacques Loveall is president of UFCW 8-Golden State and international vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.