How you can help 'Stamp Out Hunger' in Houston on Saturday

12 May, 2018, 06:30 | Author: Brooke Harris
  • Letter carrier/Rotarians to have food drive this Saturday

The effort brought in 75 million pounds of food past year.

Postal workers like Near collect non-perishable food items along their route.

Abena Foreman-Trice, director of communications for BRAFB, said the food drive comes at an especially crucial time for school children in the Valley. Monetary donations help with electricity and other operational costs at the nonprofit Food Bank. "You can help by placing healthy, non-perishable food by your mail box on Saturday". This time of year, most food banks run low on donations received during the holidays. The food drive has become the nation's largest one-day campaign to collect food for distribution to needy families. Postcards have been mailed to remind the public about the drive. "All you have to do is get nonperishable food items and put them by mailbox".

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Postal employees collected about 30,000 pounds of food previous year and are hoping to top that total on Saturday. The hope this year, he said, is to double that. Garden Grove's Branch 1103 letter carriers hauled in 1.4 million pounds, second to Los Angeles, and down in San Diego 700,000 pounds was collected by Branch 70.

Recommended items include pasta, oatmeal, canola oil, peanut butter and canned goods including beans, fruit, vegetables, soup, tuna in water, meat and sauce.

"All of the food collected stays in the local communities", Blackledge said.

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