"Leave non-perishable food items, anything like soup, canned vegetables, dried goods like rice, pastas", Hamilton said. Last year, local carriers collected about 3,500 pounds of food on their routes from postal patrons, double the amount received the year before.
On Saturday, as they deliver mail, the nation's 175,000 letter carriers will collect the donations that residents leave near their mail boxes. Donors are also asked not to include any items that are in glass containers.
You should have gotten a bag like this in the mail this week.
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 25th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 13. The food is distributed to local pantries in the communities where it's collected.
"We've met with a few of the mail carriers, and they are on board", said Kris Fuqua. "This food drive always occurs the second Saturday in May, and at this time of the year many food pantries are searching for ways to bring food into their facility".
"All afternoon the letter carriers near us in Madison County will be delivering truck loads to the Food Bank of North Alabama", said Laura Fincher with the food bank. "Volunteers will be picking up [the donated food] from the Short Hills Post Office". The food goes to local distribution agencies. That's what the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has been doing for a quarter century.
We're all in the giving spirit during the holiday season and that's great, but people need help even more right now.
"We will be providing snacks and drinks at each site", according to Raymond Bautista, Volunteer & Food Drive coordinator.
"The postal food drive is one of the major food drives that support the pantries in Logan County".