Letter carriers’ food drive Saturday

Published 7:41 pm Tuesday, May 6, 2014

This weekend, local letter carriers will be doing more than just delivering the mail — they’ll also be helping to deliver food to needy members of the community.

Saturday is the 22nd annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, which is the largest single-day collection of canned goods in the U.S. All food donations collected in Atmore will benefit the Atmore Area Christian Care Ministry.

On Saturday, citizens are invited to leave out a bag of donated food items at their mailboxes, and city and rural letter carriers will then pick up the food. All items will be taken to the post office, and then transported onto the Atmore Area Christian Care Ministry.

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Some of the food items that are needed include anything non-perishable, such as peanut butter, canned soups, canned meats and fish, canned vegetables, canned fruits, juices, boxed goods, pasta and rice.

Last year, the NALC collected more than 74.4 million pounds of food — the second-largest amount since the drive began in 1992. Since the start of the NALC drive, almost 1.3 billion pounds of food have been collected.