Volunteers needed to help during letter carriers food drive
Posted: 05/06/2013 at 3:49 pm
By: Sharon Hernandez
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(Left to right) Patricia Floyd, Diane Knight, Tammy Smith and Richard Ashcroft load donated food into a cart to try and meet the necessary weight before loading the food to be delivered to food pantries during the Postal Service food drive on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the United States Post Office in Elkhart. (Truth Photo By Delayna Earley)
Kathy Boettcher, a letter carrier, hands cans of soup to Isaias Faustino during the Postal Service food drive on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the United States Post Office in Elkhart. (Truth Photo By Delayna Earley)
The National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger is Saturday, May 11. Community members are encouraged to participate by leaving a bag of non-perishable food items by their mailbox by 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Food will be collected and delivered to pantries by the end of the day.
Last year, postal service workers collected more than 90,000 pounds of food.
United Way of Elkhart, the organization that helps coordinate the event, is looking for bag buddies. Darren Bickel, vice president of community impact for United Way, said bag buddies are two adults and a vehicle that are assigned to a letter carrier route and pick up the donated food to deliver it to the Elkhart Post Office, 601 S. Main St., where the sorting hub is located.
This is year is the 21st year anniversary of the national food drive. For Elkhart County, this year will be their 19th year participating.
Anyone interested in being a bag buddy this year can email Bickel at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, May 7, with the volunteers’ names and their contact phone number.