Letter carriers holding food drive Saturday
May 10, 2011 at 12:10 a.m.
WHAT TO LEAVE
Examples of food items that can be put out in bags for letter carriers on Saturday include:
Canned soup, meats and fish
Canned vegetables, fruits and juices
Boxed goods (such as cereal)
Pasta and rice
Letter carriers will be handling more than the mail on Saturday.
The 19th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive means mail customers leave donated food items out for letter carriers to pick up and donate to the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent.
In 2010, 14,150 pounds of food was collected.
"This food drive raises much needed non-perishable food items for the local community to provide for our neighbors who are in need," said Ramona Hollan, the food bank's director of resource development.
Last year's food drive helped supplement 9,666 meals and fed 2,416 individuals, Hollan said.
Since 2002, Victoria County letter carriers have collected 117,703 pounds of food that have supplemented 78,469 meals and fed 19,617 people, Hollan added.
The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent works with more than 100 agencies in the Crossroads area.
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is a cooperative effort between the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Campbell Soup Company, among other sponsors.
Campbell kicks off the drive by donating 1 million pounds of food to Feeding America.