Local Letter carriers collect 3 tons of food

Warren County residents donated 6,849 pounds of canned goods to the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

The donation drive, held on Saturday, May 11, saw an increase of 1,623 pounds from last year’s collection total of 5,226 pounds.

“The canned food drive is so important for each of the organizations to help them feed people throughout the summer months,” Major Ron Starnes of the Salvation Army said. “This food drive will give us necessary food to help those who need a helping hand. We thank the citizens of Warren County for their continued support of those in need.”

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

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

The program, a collaboration of the Campbell’s Soup Co. and the National Letter Carriers Association, is in its 21st 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.