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Volunteers needed to help during letter carriers’ food drive

Organizers of the annual Letter Carriers Food Drive still looking for volunteers.
Posted on May 6, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 6, 2013 at 3:54 p.m.

ELKHART — One of Elkhart County’s largest annual food drives will take place this weekend, and organizers are still looking for volunteers.

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 by Tuesday, May 7, with the volunteers’ names and their contact phone number.

 With the state prison in the background, about a dozen death penalty opponents pray as they await the possible execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Florence, Ariz. The highest courts in Arizona and the nation have cleared the way for the state to carry out its third execution in the last year on Wednesday, following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.  Wood was sentenced to death for killing Debra Dietz and her father, Eugene Dietz, in 1989 at the family's automotive shop in Tucson.  (AP Photo)

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 Robert Hungerford, of Phoenix, prays as he and a group of about a dozen death penalty opponents protest the possible execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood at the state prison in Florence, Ariz. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Arizona's highest court on Wednesday temporarily halted the execution of the condemned inmate so it could consider a last-minute appeal. The Arizona Supreme Court said it would consider whether he received inadequate legal representation at his sentencing. The appeal also challenges the secrecy of the lethal injection process and the drugs that are used. (AP Photo)

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