Two important needs for The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive

Local food drive looking for support

The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is the largest single-day food drive in the country, and for the fifteenth year in a row, more than 70 million pounds of food was collected nationally. Locally, that number was more than 121,000 pounds. The 27th Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” is Saturday, May 11, 2019. The drive works by collecting bagged or boxed non-perishable food and/or hygiene items in a visible location near your mailbox. This year however, the food drive is asking those who donate to provide their own bags/boxes. The loss of a state sponsorship has left the food drive unable to provide donation bags, so they are asking for your support.

Additionally, While your letter carrier does a bulk of the heavy lifting when it comes to this drive, community volunteers play a huge role in getting ALL of that food collected. Here’s how you can get involved:

— Pick up donations – Volunteers report to the Post Office at 8:30 a.m. and travel an assigned route, picking up donations ahead of the letter carriers, and dropping them off at their assigned collection site. Time commitment: 3-5 hours.
— Staff a collection site – Volunteers choose from a morning or afternoon shift at one of several pre-determined collection sites, where they will help unload vehicles and sort donations. Time commitment: 2-3 hours.

Registration is required. Visit www.ugetconnected.org by May 10 to sign up.

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