"All the food and money donations that we collect go directly to the Becker County Food Pantry", says postal carrier Amy Aho, who helps organize the local event.
Recommended items include peanut butter and jelly; hearty soups; canned chicken or tuna; canned fruit in juice; 100 percent fruit juice; canned vegetables; grains; iron rich cereal and whole grain cereal. Over the past 24 years, letter carriers have collected over 1.5 billion pounds of food. Last year, 17,000 pounds of food was collected from the drive in the St. Joseph area. That means the food donated by generous Kansans, will stay in Kansas to help those in need.
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Several national partners are assisting the NALC in the food drive: the U.S. Postal Service, United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, United Way Worldwide, AARP Foundation, AFL-CIO, Valpak and Valassis.More news: U of Illinois football players arrested in alleged robbery
"We are asking everybody if they would to continue doing the same", said Callie Childers a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
Let's make 2017 the year we stamp out hunger in our community!
"And sadly we have to dispose of quite a bit of food every year that is out of date", Jordan said.
"A lot of our children lose access to these free breakfast and school lunch programs throughout the school system", said Jessica Dokachev, Director of the Second Harvest Food Bank.More news: Suspect in killing of Arkansas deputy identified
The food drive's timing is crucial.
Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. "Your donation on Saturday could help your neighbor up the road".
In its 25 year, the annual food drive has grown to the largest national single-day effort that benefits millions of Americans who struggle to put food on the table. The bags will be taken to the Post Office and then trucked over to the Branch Area Food Pantry on Pierson Street. Food gathered locally is distributed through Joseph's House and Shelter.More news: Oil up on drop in US petroleum stocks, possible OPEC cut extension