BY MELANIE BUCK –
Local carriers of the United States Postal Service will host their annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive this Saturday, May 14, as they participate in the National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive. This is the 24th year for the annual Stamp Out Hunger Campaign where citizens are asked to place non-perishable food items in a bag next to their mailbox for collection by letter carriers on the second Saturday in May.
Letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across the nation participate in the annual event. Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved in the event.
To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers the mail on May 14th. The carrier will do the rest.
Once all the collections are made, the food is sorted and the donations are taken to a local food bank. In Mena, it will benefit Acts of Love Food Bank, which is based out of the First Assembly of God on Sutherland Street in Mena.
Canned meats and fish, soups, juice, vegetables, pasta, cereal, peanut butter, and rice are always great items to donate. For more information, contact Sandy or Penny at Mena Post Office, 479-394-2884.