Letter carriers will be collecting food for the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

SOUTH COAST — On Saturday letter carriers will be doing more than just dropping off the mail. According to a press release from the Oregon Food Bank, they will also be collecting food for the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers.

“Stamp Out Hunger takes place around the country and is the largest single-day food drive,” the release said.

Individuals can place nonperishable food items in a bag near the mailbox early May 11. A letter carrier or volunteer will pick up the donation and bring it to the Oregon Food Bank.

“Last year, one million pounds of food was collected in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Our goal this year is to bring in another one million pounds,” the release said. “All donated food stays in the community where it was collected.”

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“Six days a week, our letter carriers are out in the community, traveling door to door. They see the subtle changes in income and know which house is struggling to put food on the table,” says CEO Susannah Morgan in the release. “We’re proud to work together again this year to nourish and care for every neighbor.”

A list of most wanted foods is available at oregonfoodbank.org/mostwanted. Donations not picked up by letter carriers can be dropped off at any post office by Wednesday, May 15. Financial donations can be made online at oregonfoodbank.org/NALC.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was created in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers to encourage communities to come together in an effort to stock the shelves of food banks nationwide. Along with the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the National Association of Letter Carriers has collected more than one billion pounds of food nationally since the drive’s inception.

“I’ve always strived to help everyone else in need through my life,” says Abe RedCloud, Letter Carrier and Oregon Coordinator, Stamp Out Hunger. “There are a lot of people that need help in the world, and this event helps millions of people in need of an essential item to live, food. Every time I see a house with a bag of food for me to pick up, I get super excited and say thank you to them the next time I see them. I’m super proud to be helping in this event every year.”

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