Letter Carriers' Annual Food Drive is Saturday

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Area residents are asked to put nonperishable food items in a bag near their mailbox Saturday for the letter carriers to collect for a donation to the Urban Mission. Examples of non-perishable food include canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice, cereal, etc.

Last year, the food drive collected a record 80 million pounds of nonperishable food, raising the total amount of donations picked up over the quarter-century history of the drive to more than 1.5 billion pounds.

Last year's food drive brought in over 78,000 pounds of food for Chatham County and an additional 121,246 pounds for our Coastal Georgia communities. Do not leave expired items or those in glass containers.

"When you look at the food donors that we have in Northeast Arkansas, we do not have a donor that contributes canned goods to us on a regular basis", Jordan said.

Organizers of the 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive are asking for the public's generosity Saturday, May 13, in donating non-perishable food items to help feed those in need.

"We were down to barely 6,000 pounds of food, compared to 12,000 we usually do", said Brian Hamilton, the letter carrier who organizes the drive in Ridgefield.

The 25th anniversary of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is a partnership with the carriers.

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"Right now, almost 20 percent of Bellingham utilizes our food bank", Cohen said.

We're all in the giving spirit during the holiday season and that's great, but people need help even more right now.

Jim Prout, Executive Director of Christian Services, said the drive helps many pantries in the Pine Belt.

"I think a lot of carriers are excited", said Porter, a union steward who works in the U.S. Post Office in Elgin.

All food donations stay in the local community.

Post office carriers in Salem, Centralia, Sandoval, Odin, Alma, Kell, and Iuka are all participating this year.

With the economic struggles many Southwest Virginians face, the Letter Carriers' Food Drive is as critical as ever.

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