Fill a bag, help stamp out hunger

13 May, 2018, 09:39 | Author: Terri Saunders
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The United States Postal Service, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, AFL-CIO, Feeding America, United Way, Valassis and Valpak Direct Marketing Systems are all supporting this year's Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Saturday, the 26th Annual Letter Carriers' Food Drive will benefit a number of area organizations including the Hunger Task Force, WAFER Food Pantry, New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Center.

The food collected Saturday will be delivered to local churches, food banks and food pantries for distribution, the USPS says.

Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by the mailbox on Saturday, May 12, and the Postal carrier will do the rest.

People across the country left more than letters out for for the mailman.

Julio Alonso, the HHFB executive director, said a year ago was excellent for food donations, in part because it was the 25th anniversary for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Anyone looking to help in this effort can do so by reporting to the Marietta Post Office on Front Street around 9 a.m. Volunteers can help keep the docks organized, pack the food or go out and help collect food along the routes.

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In Parkersburg, carriers will drop off collections at the Camden Avenue Church of Christ where volunteers will weigh and sort the collections for the Wood County Food Co-Op, according to drive coordinator Shelly Elschlager of Branch 481.

With so much food to carry around, things get pretty heavy for the letter carriers.

Last year, postal workers gathered more than 90,000 pounds of food for the Westmoreland County Food Bank.

After the food is picked up it is taken to a variety of places, including the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. "So, everything that we collect goes right here into our own community", Near said. This is a nationwide food drive, so everyone can participate.

"This particular drive, historically, has provided 70, 80, 90,000 pounds of food", said Deem. As of 2010, the National Association of Letter Carriers has collected over one billion pounds of food.

Our community has shown many times that it is willing to help out when necessary.

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