Postal carriers to collect food on Saturday


Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:17 p.m.

Postal workers in Gainesville and nationwide will again be conducting the nation's largest single-day food drive on Saturday.

Local letter carriers will be among the 175,000 carriers nationwide who will collect food donations left at mailboxes and deliver them to food banks and other hunger relief organizations, such as pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

Now in its 21st year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive has collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception in 1993. In 2012, Americans donated more than 70 million pounds of food, which marked the ninth consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds has been collected.

Just leave a bag of non-perishable food items by your mailbox on Saturday and your letter carrier will pick up and deliver the food to a local food bank. Examples of non-perishable items include peanut butter, canned soup, canned meats and fish, canned vegetables, fruits and juices, boxed goods (such as cereal), and pasta and rice.

For more information, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office or visit either www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger.

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