Postal carriers collecting food on Saturday

Postal carriers throughout the county will collect non-perishable food donations on Saturday, May 11 as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

To participate, all residents have to do is leave non-perishable food items at their mailbox and the postal carriers will do the rest.

All donations will be distributed locally to soup kitchens and food pantries in Warren County including The Salvation Army, the Church of the Nazarene, St. Joseph School, and the Ruth Smith Center

The program, a collaboration between Campbell’s Soup Co. and the National Letter Carriers Association, is in its 21st year. Over two and a half tons of food was collected in Warren County last year.

Last year’s drive marked the ninth consecutive year that people across the country donated more than 70 million pounds of food to the Stamp Out Hunger food drive

“The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is important for our local communities because it helps stock food banks and pantries for summer, a time when there’s an increased need for food assistance, especially for children who are out of school,” said Fredric Rolando, NALC president, in a press release. “The letter carriers are committed to supporting the drive by picking up and delivering food donations to local Feeding America food banks and hunger-relief organizations in their markets.”

To participate in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday. The nation’s 175,000 letter carriers, representing nearly 1,500 NALC branches in more than 10,000 communities, will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail.