Letter carriers are asking local residents to fill a bag with nonperishable food donations and leave it beside their mailboxes for the local carriers to collect.
Virginia Coleman, coordinator of the local effort, noted the food collected will be distributed to local food pantries.
Coleman said most of the mail carriers want to help those in need. This is an opportunity they all relish.
Coleman said in 2013, the letter carriers collected more than 74 million pounds of food nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people.
“Currently, 49 million Americans — 1 in 6 — are unsure where their next meal is coming from. About 16 million are children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school,” Coleman said.
“And nearly 5 million seniors over age 60 are ‘food insecure,’ with many who live on fixed incomes and who often are too embarrassed to ask for help,” she said.
She said people can hang the bag on the mailbox or place it beside the mailbox. The letter carrier will do the rest.
If you forget to put your food out for the carrier, there are hampers at post offices where food donations can be left. Anyone who forgets to put their donation out can bring it by the post office or leave it by the mailbox for a day or two later.
“Letter carriers invite you to join in America’s great day of giving, and help us in our fight to end hunger,” Coleman said.