Second Harvest, mail carriers work to Stamp Out Hunger

Letter carrier/Rotarians to have food drive this Saturday

As letter carriers, Richard Hatzenbuhler says they see the need to fill hungry bellies almost every day while on the job.

Postal carries help "stamp out hunger" with the National Letter Carriers annual food drive. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in Idaho Falls, Ammon, Rigby, Shelley and Salmon who need the help.

To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May.

The collected food was delivered to St. Francis Food Pantry in Eau Claire.

If you missed your letter carrier, but still want to donate, the United State Postal Service says it will keep those donation bins out at their offices a little longer. Then their mail carrier picked up the food.

This postal drive brought in 6,000 pounds of donated items previous year.

The drive gathered more than 1 million pounds of food in the area previous year, enough for 830,000 meals, Burrell said.

There is a growing need for food assistance in Brown County. This is a nationwide food drive, so everyone can participate.

"Fill a Bag. Help Feed Families", is the message to encourage donations of canned and other non-perishable food on Saturday, May 12.

In Parkersburg, carriers will drop off collections at the Camden Avenue Church of Christ where volunteers will weigh and sort the collections for the Wood County Food Co-Op, according to drive coordinator Shelly Elschlager of Branch 481. Together the Green Bay area and its surrounding communities, including De Pere and Howard will collect a total of 200,000 pounds of food.

Now is the flawless time to help them stock up.

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