Letter carriers food drive is Saturday

Area post offices and the West Texas Food Bank are joining together to collect food, in order to help those in need. Saturday, mail carriers will pick up bags of food placed by mailboxes, as part of the National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive put on by the National Association of Letter Carriers. “This is our largest food drive of the year,” Earl Graham,food bank resource coordinator, said. “Our largest collection of food comes from the post office than any other source.”The West Texas Food Bank provides assistance to 22 counties. In Howard County the food bank provides food to Isaiah 58, Christ Community, Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul food banks. “The donations collected here will benefit the Salvation Army,” Junior Landin, food drive coordinator for Big Spring, said. To find out more about the food bank and the food drive visit www.helpstampouthunger.com or call the food bank at 432-580-6333. “We are asking for those wanting to take part in the food drive to make sure food is placed next to your mailbox or on your porch where the carrier can see it. If for some reason you don't want to leave the food by the mailbox, Landin said to call the post office and see if a carrier can come and pick up the food. Any non-parishable food items will be accepted. Canned goods, pasta, bottled juice, cereal, rice and more are accepted. However, it is suggested that no glass containers or expired food be donated. “If they are unable to get the food by the mailbox this Saturday, carriers will still pick up donations next Saturday as well,” Graham said. “We will take all the donations that we can get because we are always in need of them.”