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Saturday marks annual mail carrier food drive

Saturday marks annual mail carrier food drive

"The Letter Carriers' Food Drive is more important than ever", said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank.

Letter carriers in Western Pennsylvania will deliver the mail along with food for local pantries as part of a national effort to help the hungry Saturday. Place any non-perishable food items inside a paper bag or blue plastic bag delivered to your mailbox.

Hunger, the partnership points out, affects 42.2 million people around the country, including 13.1 million children.

Operators of food banks point out that the timing for the drive is crucial: Food donations from the community tend to slow down in the summer, while the need continues.

Volunteers collected the donated food from the mails trucks placing them in carts to be stored in rental trucks that haul the food off to the food pantry itself.

You have a chance to help Harvest Hope Food Bank and the U-S Postal Service "Stamp" out hunger. With the economic struggles many Americans face, this food drive is as critical as ever.

People can also take donations directly to the post office.

"This particular drive, historically, has provided 70, 80, 90,000 pounds of food", said Deem. "So, everything that we collect goes right here into our own community", Near said.

Food bank director, Linda Scheid says that the day couldn't happen without the numerous volunteers that come out annually.

Last year, roughly 4,500 participating post offices collected more than 71 million pounds of food.

Now is the ideal time to help them stock up.

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