Letter carriers across Wichita and surrounding communities will collect non-perishable food donations this Saturday, May 12, as they deliver mail along their postal routes in the nation’s largest one-day effort to “Stamp Out Hunger”.
The 20th annual Letter Carriers Food Drive is being conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) with the assistance of rural letter carriers and other postal employees and volunteers.
Specially marked blue collection bags will be distributed this week to area residential addresses. Citizens should leave non-perishable food donations – such as peanut butter, canned tuna or chicken, soup, cereals, pasta and rice – in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday before their letter carrier arrives. Glass containers and expired items should be avoided. If a blue bag is not received, residents may simply use any paper or plastic bag to place their food in.
Letter Carriers will collect and bring all donations to the Kansas Food Bank. From there, donations will be allocated to local pantry partners where the food will then be distributed to families in need.
“This is a difficult time for many families and especially children. It is critical that the Kansas Food Bank and our pantry partners have sufficient supplies to provide nutritious meals for the growing number of people needing assistance. Letter carriers take pride in delivering the generous donations of their postal customers, helping to provide to those in need in our community.” Brian Walker, President and CEO of the Kansas Food Bank.