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Postal carriers aim to collect cans for needy

Published 7:10pm Tuesday, April 29, 2014

When postal carriers take to their routes Saturday, May 10, they will be calling on the community to help them make a special delivery.
May 10 will mark the Letter Carrier Food Drive, which is a part of the United States Postal Service Stamp Out Hunger campaign.
Debbie Fetterly, public information officer for the United States Postal Service’s Alabama District, said letter carriers will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable items in order to help charitable organizations feed those in need.
“This is the 22nd year that the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) has hosted their food drive. We also have the rural carriers participating,” Fetterly said. “It’s very important because it seems that during the summer months food pantries and food banks are low on canned goods. They always have a lot around Thanksgiving and Christmas time, but the volume seems to dwindle about this time of year.”
Fetterly said the community can participate by leaving non-perishable food items in a plastic bag by their mailbox, which will then be picked up by their carrier.
Items that are acceptable include peanut butter, canned soup, canned meats and fish, canned vegetables, fruits and juices, boxed goods (such as cereal), and pasta and rice.
“Leave your goods by your mailbox, and then the carrier will pick them up during his or her route to bring it back to the local post office or to a charitable organization. Every place is different,” Fetterly said. “We ask that they leave no glass because that can break. Our customers have been very generous, so we’re depending on them again to do the same this year.”
Fetterly added the food drive is a big help and that it does not take much to provide something which can greatly improve the life of someone in need of assistance during a trying time.
“It’s important that we reach into our kitchen cabinets and donate some of the canned goods to people who really need it,” Fetterly said. “What I tell people is that when you go grocery shopping, pick up some extra cans of food – think of others who are less fortunate.
When you’re shopping for yourself put some extra food in your cart for those in need.”