Letter Carriers to collect food Saturday

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The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) National Food Drive will be held this Saturday, May 12 with local letter carriers joining more than 1,500 National Association of Letter Carriers branches in every state to help stock community food banks, pantries and shelters for the summer months.

Carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns are expected to participate in the food drive effort and local carriers encourage their customers to put donations of non-perishable food—including baby food and pet food—by their mailboxes for pick up.

To participate in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, all citizens need do is to place a box or can of non-perishable food next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers mail on Saturday, May 12. The carrier will do all the rest. The food is taken back to a Post Office, sorted, and then delivered to an area food bank or pantry, such as Harvest Hope Food Bank, Low Country Food Bank or a local church or food kitchen. There it is available for needy families.

Some 35.5 million people face hunger every day in America, including 13 million children. This drive is one way people can help those right in their own city or town who need help.

Most-wanted foods include:

· Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon).

· Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese).

· Canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils).

· Pasta, rice cereal.

· Canned fruits.

· 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed).

· Canned vegetables.

· Cooking oil.

· Boxed cooking mixes (pancake, breads).

The following items are not wanted:

· Rusty or unlabeled cans.

· Glass containers.

· Perishable items.

· Homemade items.

· Noncommercial canned or packaged items.

· Alcoholic beverages or mixes or soda.

· Open or used items.