Annual postal food drive is Saturday

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Postal workers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across the nation will join forces in the largest one-day food drive in the nation. North Coasters then can put non-perishable items in the bag and leave them at the mail box for pick-up by the carrier.

To contribute to this year's food drive, place a donation bag by the mailbox on May 12, prior to the letter carrier's delivery time for the collection of their non-perishable food donations.

U.S. Postal Service spokesperson Augustine Ruiz said a year ago was the third-largest for donations since the drive officially began in 1993.

The need for food donations is great. Community organizations are partnering with NALC members to make this 2018 food drive a success.

Your friendly Arizona letter carriers will be delivering some hope for the hungry this coming weekend.

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The food drive is part of the "Stamp Out Hunger" national effort that has been an annual event since 1993.

The battle to "stamp out hunger" is ongoing, and local mail carriers and area food pantries continue to man the front lines in the region.

"This is the 26th anniversary of the Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive", said Theresa Miller, a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in the Alamogordo area. "We couldn't meet these critical community needs without them", said Second Harvest Director, Jessica Dokachev, in a press release.

Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by the mailbox on Saturday.

Almost 16 million children in the United States struggle with hunger, while almost five million seniors face choices between paying rent, utilities and having nutritious food, U.S. Postal Service officials said. For information about volunteering, contact the Food Bank at 318.675.2400. "This food drive is important because it stocks the shelves of our pantries across central and western Oklahoma".

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