October 25, 2014

Postal carriers looking for community help to combat hunger

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ARENAC COUNTY — The National Association of Letter Carriers’ 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday, May 10, and community members can join the cause.

A press release from Standish Postmaster Paula Lynch said people can leave a nonperishable food donation in a bag by their mailbox, and postal carriers will pick up the donation. The press release said food donations are important at this time of the year because food pantries begin to run low in the spring.

“The food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need,” the release said.

Last year postal carriers collected 74 million pounds of food, feeding an estimated 30 million people.

The food drive is done in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell’s Soup, Feeding America and other partners.

All Arenac County post offices are participating in the food drive

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