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Letter carriers food drive set for May 10

May 3rd, 2014 9:11 pm by Nick Shepherd

Letter carriers food drive set for May 10

Letter carriers around the region will be collecting nonperishable food items and donating them to Second Harvest Food Bank, but they need your help.

Bags will be placed in mailboxes on Wednesday in anticipation of the 22nd annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, which will take place on May 10. It's easy to participate and the donations will help needy individuals throughout the region.

All you have to do is take the bag from your mailbox, put as many cans as you want inside the bag and leave it in your mailbox or beside your mailbox on Saturday, May 10, and your letter carrier will pick it up.

The U.S. Postal Service has been doing this as an outreach to the community since 1992. In that time, letter carriers have collected 1.3 billion pounds of food.

"We had a choice in the community of who we wanted to give the donations to and we chose Second Harvest because they do so much," said Joseph R. Hall, carrier technician and food drive coordinator.

Hall said that during the food drive, letter carriers will work off the clock to set bags aside and help the post office with hours. He said everybody in the post office helps, from management to the actual letter carriers.

The food drive has been successful in this region. In 2012, Hall said the letter carriers collected more than 50,000 pounds of food, and last year they collected more than 43,000 pounds. Nationwide, letter carriers collected 74.4 million pounds of food in 2013.

Hall said it's a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day, it makes the postal workers feel good to give back to the community.

"The world is a better place, our country is a better place when each hand helps one another out."

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