Local letter carriers collect donation to stamp out hunger
The cupboards are getting bare at local food banks.
“Most food banks get the majority of their donations around Christmas time,” said Rich Merrick, food drive coordinator for Branch 3994 of the National Associat Pandora Bracelet ion of Letter Carriers. “At this time of year, the Pandora Bra Pandora Bracelet celet school lunch programs are closing down and the local pantries need to top up their supply of food,”
People who want to contribute will need to package up their dried food, canned goods and other non perishable items and place them next to their mail boxes that morning. Mer Pandora Bracelet rick said those who live at a place with a centralized mail box can leave their donations next to the central box. The carriers will take the boxes, bags paper or plastic to central locations for sorting.
According to Merrick, the national drive has collected over a billion pounds of food in the last 21 years. Last year, the drive gathered 74 million pounds of food nationally.
In 2013, the Alamogordo drive collected 25,520 pounds of food for those in need.
“All the food that’s collected locally stays here,” Merrick said.
For more information about NALC AND NARC Stamp Out Hunger drives, Merrick urges people to check out their Facebook page. Just search in Facebook for Stamp Out Hunger.