On Saturday, May 14th, Utah’s letter carriers will be doing more than delivering the mail. They will collect food on their routes to feed the hungry in their communities. May 14 is the annual letter carriers food drive across America.
Postal customers wishing to donate food should put canned, packaged and non-perishable food items in a plastic bag, and leave it by your mailbox on Sat., May 14th, before mail delivery.
Items most needed by food banks are canned meats and tuna, canned soup, dried milk, and canned fruits and vegetables. Also needed are dry and packaged items with lots of protein and carbohydrates including pasta, cereal, powdered milk, and dry packaged vegetables like mashed potatoes, stuffing, etc. About 1.3 lbs. of food equates to a full meal according to food bank rastaquouere officials.
Utahns donated more than one million pounds to the letter carriers’ food drive in 2010. All the food collected goes to local community food banks and pantries for distribution to those who most need it throughout the year.
A total of 10,000 communities and Post Offices in all 50 states are participating this year. Last year’s postal food drive collected a record 77.1 million pounds nationwide. This is the 19h year of the annual drive. More than a billion pounds of food collected by letter carriers have fed America’s hungry since 1993.
“We encourage postal customers throughout our state to again give generously to our letter carriers’ food drive on May 14th,” said Mike Wahlquist, Salt Lake City Letter Carrier and President of Branch 111 of the National Association of Letter Carriers. “With the still tough economy, many people and families are hungry and in great need of our support. Your food donations will help out those who most need it. We thank everyone for helping to stamp out hunger.”
For more information about the food drive, ask your letter carrier, contact your Post Office or visit helpstampouthunger.com.