Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Stamp Out Hunger food drive set for Saturday, May 13

Stamp Out Hunger food drive set for Saturday, May 13

"All of our food drives have been special".

Letter carriers will be delivering more than just mail Saturday.

Once again, local letter carrier Mark Georgi, who works out of the Point Pleasant Post Office, with the assistance of his fellow letter carriers, will be picking up nonperishable food items while delivering mail this Saturday.

Dustin Hassler, NALC president, said since the beginning of the Stamp Out Hunger campaign, 1.5 billion pounds of food has been collected nationally.

Saturday, May 13th, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities across the country, will go around and collect food inside these blue bags. Letter carriers will pick up the items then donate them to local food pantries, Castillo said. "All of the food was donated to the Urban Mission Ministries", Bottegal said.

"If they don't receive a bag, which most will, putting it in their mail box will be fine we will get it either way or they can just sit it on the side the boxes and let the flags up", said Childers.

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"We've met with a few of the mail carriers, and they are on board", said Kris Fuqua.

The 25th annual Letter Carrier Food Drive will be all day May 11. "The fact is that over 15 percent of Yolo County residents face food insecurity at any given time, and summer is no exception as one in five local kids will face food insecurity with no free school lunch program to count on in the summer months". Those who are food insecure are often "hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply can not make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days", the release said.

Participating in this year's United States Postal Service Letter Carrier National Food Drive is simple.

The National Association of Letter Carriers collected more than 80 million pounds of food nationally a year ago, feeding an estimated 64 million people, according to a statement from the United States Postal Service. All the food collected locally, will stay local. Webster City postmaster Harley Tapper says there's a change - for the better.

If you have canned food you don't use, you could let it go to waste...or you could help stamp out hunger!

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