The U.S. Postal Service plans to pick up more than it delivers Saturday, as mail carriers will be working for one of the nation’s largest food drives.
Curtis Hilton is a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and is the Midlands Coordinator for the 19th Annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive.
It might take a little bit more time, but at the end of the day, I want to go back to the Post Office two or three times to empty my truck if at all possible.
The Postal Service is passing out small bags and asking customers to fill them with canned goods. He then asks you leave the bag in your mailbox Saturday. “Even though we’re only giving out one small bag, we urge all our customersto put two or three more bags, as much as you want to out by the mail box and we’ll pick it up.”
All non-perishable food items left by the mailbox will be collected by postal employees during their routes. The items can include canned meats, soups, vegetables, bottled juice, pasta, cereal or rice, “but nothing that we have to refrigerate,” chuckles Hilton.
The food will then be taken to food banks for families in need.
I just hope everybody comes out on Saturday, May the 14th, and makes all our Post Office work as hard as we can picking up all this food and getting it back to food banks and have a successful food drive.
More than 1 billion pounds of food donations have been collected by letter carriers since the drive was launched in 1993, with a record 77.1 million pounds picked up last year alone.