People can help tackle the problem of food insecurity this Saturday by doing little more than walking to their mailbox.
The National Association of Letter Carriers, a union that represents letter carriers in non-rural areas, will be collecting food items for their 27th Annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Amelia Sena Benavides, a local member and organizer of the food drive, said the effort is part of a nationwide endeavor carried out by letter carriers. Since it began, the drive has collected 1.6 billion pounds of food and distributed it to food pantries.
People can contribute simply by leaving non-perishable food items out by their home mailboxes this Saturday. The food will be picked up by letter carriers while on their regular mail routes.
Food gathered within the Chaves County area will be donated to the non-profit food bank operated by Harvest Ministries on North Main Street, which will then distribute it, Benavides said.
People who have P.O. Box addresses or cluster boxes — neighborhood group mailboxes — also have the option to contribute by dropping food off at the post office at 415 North Pennsylvania Avenue in Roswell before Saturday.
Benavides said all food donated should be nonperishable, and preferably items easy to both open and prepare.
People should avoid donating meats and produce because they are more difficult to store and keep fresh, she added.
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