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Postal workers hold annual food drive

Published 11:07am Thursday, May 9, 2013

The National Association of Letter Carriers is calling on communities around the country to join in the fight against hunger.

The NALC will carry out its 21st Stamp Out Hunger national food drive on Saturday, May 11.

Stamp Out Hunger is a nationwide effort that provides food to local food banks and pantries that rely heavily on donations.

To participate, people can leave a bag of non-perishable food items by their mailbox on Saturday, which will be picked up by the letter carrier and delivered to local food banks. Non-perishable items include peanut butter, canned soup, canned meats and fish, canned vegetables, fruits and juices, boxed goods, pasta or rice.

Marla Browne, executive director of Tallapoosa Christian Crisis Center, said the Stamp Out Hunger food drive goes a long way toward helping local food pantries.

“Last year, the Crisis Center gave out about 40,000 pounds of food to a couple thousand people. We feed a couple hundred each month,” Browne said. “Any pop-top cans like soups and macaroni and cheese or things of that nature that we get in this food drive also greatly benefits children and families.”

Alexander City Salvation Army Service Center director Susan Hardy said the food drive will help local food banks provide assistance to many people who have recently found themselves in need.

“It helps us out greatly because due to the economy we have seen an increase in people asking for assistance,” Hardy said. “This definitely helps us to be able to reach out and help people in our community. We appreciate the community and the post office doing this.”

Browne said no matter how little a person gives, it adds up to a lot of help for the food pantries.

“The two or three canned goods out of their pantry combined with canned goods out of their neighbors’ pantries makes a huge difference for those hungry kids, parents and elderly people that we have coming to the Crisis Center and Salvation Army,” Browne said. “We count on this food drive. It’s a huge deal for us.”

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