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Letter: Support the Post Office Food Drive

The second Saturday in May is one of America’s great days of giving – the Annual Post Office Food Drive. This year the drive will be on May 10, marking the twenty-second year of the largest food drive in the nation.

Letter carriers move through the community six days each week, getting to know their residents and many times coming face to face with sad reality – hunger; therefore each year we collect non-perishable food donations from our customers that go directly to the Stevens County Food Shelf.

The timing of this drive is crucial. Many food shelves receive the majority of their donations during the holiday seasons of Christmas and Thanksgiving. By this time of year, many food shelves have been depleted and supplies are low. Further, school will soon be out for summer and those breakfasts and lunches will not be available for the children. This only increases the need.

Participating in this food drive is simple. Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 10. We will do the rest. The letter carriers from Alberta, Chokio, Donnelly, Hancock and Morris will pick up your donations (or, if you wish to take them to your post office) and deliver them to the Stevens County Food Shelf. If, instead of donating a food item, you wish to make a cash donation, please put it an envelope marked “Food Drive.” Checks should be made out to “Stevens County Food Shelf.”

Remember, every dollar and all food donations given go directly to the Stevens County Food Shelf. We invite you to participate in America’s great day of giving and helping us to Stamp Out Hunger.