Letter Carriers Food Drive

Thousands of Postal Service letter carriers all over the country are gearing up for their 14th annual one day food drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and food banks all over the country. Houston Public Radio's Jim Bell reports.

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The letter carriers food drive is the largest in the nation. In Houston alone, they collected more than 300 thousand pounds of food last year, and many millions of pounds of food in ten thousand cities and towns across the country. Houston letter carriers local president Prissy Grace says there's a reason why they got involved in fighting hunger.

"Because it's a natural. We see hungry people every day on our routes, and so we pick up and we deliver, and what we're trying to do is pick up the food so we can deliver the cure."

Grace says donating could not be easier.

"All you have to do is put the food in or near your mail box on Saturday May the 13th. We will pick it up and we will deliver it to the Houston Food Bank."

Houston Food Bank President Brian Greene says all they ask is that the donated food be non-perishable.

"Yes basically the items that you have in your food pantry that are not gonna go bad, that's the items that we need to feed people. What do you eat? Well that's what other people eat too."

Greene says the timing of this drive is important, because so many low-income children are out of school for the summer and they don't have access to free or low-cost school lunches. He says the letter carriers food drive helps get the food bank and the children through the summer months. There's more information about the food drive in links to the Houston Food Bank and the National Association of Letter Carriers on our website KUHF dot Org. Jim Bell, Houston Public Radio News.

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