Letter carriers food drive set for May 13

Idaho Letter Carrier's Food Drive Saturday, May 13

Idaho Letter Carrier's Food Drive Saturday, May 13

"The National Letter Carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive is in its 25th year".

Last year, with the help of thousands of volunteers, letter carriers across America collected almost 80 million pounds of non-perishable food, which brought the total to more than 1.5 billion pounds.

Last year, the food drive collected a record 80 million pounds of nonperishable food, raising the total amount of donations picked up over the quarter-century history of the drive to more than 1.5 billion pounds.

The National Association of Letter Carriers and the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union have partnered nationally for this event. Frozen food or home canned items can not be accepted, the site stated.

Examples of nonperishable items are peanut butter, canned soup, canned meats, canned vegetables, fruits and juices, boxed goods (such as cereal), pasta and rice. The Negaunee/Ishpeming area collected 10,000 pounds of food.

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Since Brother Benno's opened in 1983, the nonprofit has served more than 4 million meals and given out more than 314,700 food boxes.

The food raised all stays local.

He added that BUCM received a grant through the Community Foundation of Burke County to encourage people to donate extra garden produce to BUCM throughout the year and possibly offer classes for clients in canning and preserving the produce for winter.

On Saturday, May 13, Escambia and Santa Rosa Letter Carriers will join forces to help Stamp Out Hunger in our community.

"And this is a time that we can restock our food banks and get back up to where we were", said Steve Curless, the HELP of Beaufort director. We often see the need for food assistance firsthand. "This is something that could not happen without their support". "I love it... When I leave that day, my truck is full with contributions", said Michael Eure, a letter carrier with the post office in Downtown Beaufort. It's a little extra work for them, but it's worth it. This year there are three drop-off points: the corner of Dixon and Jefferson streets, St. Luke's Church on the corner of Southway and SR 931, and at the main post office on Webster Street. Items collected go to food banks and other places that feed people in need. But, Fitzgerald said the food bank doesn't want that emphasis on healthy to discourage people from donating whatever nonperishables they may be able to give.