USPS food drive set Saturday

bklein@timesobserver.com

Fill a bag.

Feed a family.

The 22nd annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will be held this Saturday, May 10.

To participate, all residents have to do is leave non-perishable food items at their mailbox and the postal carriers will do the rest. Leaving items in a bag helps the postal carriers transport the items easier.

“We sure do appreciate everything that people give, especially canned meats and canned soups and canned vegetables,” Major Ron Starnes of the Salvation Army said. “Postal workers pick it up at mailbox, take it to the post office, then we collect it and take it to each of the different groups.”

All donations are distributed locally to soup kitchens and food pantries including the Sheffield Food Pantry, St. Joseph’s Soup Kitchen, the Church of Nazarene Food Pantry, the First Presbyterian Soup Kitchen and the Salvation Army.

The program, a collaboration between Campbell’s Soup Co. and the National Letter Carriers Association, is in its 22nd year.

Over three tons of food was collected in Warren County last year.

Notices of the food drive and a bag to place canned items in have already been mailed out to residents in Warren. Residents outside the city do participate and items can be dropped off at the front desk of the post office until Saturday.

“Many people in this country still go hungry every day,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We are honored to be able to help people in need by leading an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans. Six days a week, letter carriers see first-hand the needs in the communities where we work, and we’re committed to helping meet those needs.”