Letter carriers picking up donations


The National Association of Letter Carriers this Saturday is doing its part to "stamp out hunger" in the United States, and for the 11th straight year, Craig is a participant in the food drive.

Every year, the National Association of Letter Carriers partners with the United States Postal Service to collect non-perishable food items. The food drive is coined "Stamp Out Hunger."

Don Offutt, a local carrier in charge of the local food drive, said the post office in Craig usually collects an average of 2,200 pounds of food, all of which goes to the local Interfaith Food Bank.

He said he's always impressed with what people in Craig give.

"That's a lot of food," he said of the 2,200 pound average. "We usually do pretty good here."

He said people can simply place their canned food or any other perishable food item by their mail boxes Saturday and letter carriers will pick them up when they deliver the mail.

Those who live in apartment complexes or other locations with several mailboxes in one area, can place the food in their mailbox and the letter carrier will pick it up.

People can also donate money if they wish, and checks can be made out to the Interfaith Food Bank.

More than 1,500 National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) branches take part in the annual food drive.

More than 104 million postcards sponsored by Campbell Soup Company and the U.S. Postal Service have been distributed to branches nationwide to remind people to put food by their mailboxes Saturday.

NALC President William H. Young said he is proud of the work put forth by branches such as Craig throughout the United States every year.

"Millions of children -- many from working families -- face hunger every day despite all the great resources of this nation," he said in a press release. "NALC members, aided by rural letter carriers and other postal employees, make a huge difference for those who do not receive adequate nutrition during the summer when school lunch programs are closed."

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.

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