Letter carriers to collect food items this Saturday

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imgThe National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 21st annual food drive to combat hunger this Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

Letter carriers will collect the donations residents leave near their mail boxes, as they deliver mail. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing

non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.

Food items collected by carriers will go to local food banks, pantries or shelters.

Continuing the tradition begun by his father, Bil, Family Circus cartoonist Jeff Keane has provided special promotional food drive artwork featuring the familiar characters of Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and P.J. helping to carry a sack of food out to the mailbox by the curb.

For more informaton about the drive ask your letter carrier, contact the local post office, or go to http://www.helpstampouthunger.com/, www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, or www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.