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Nation's largest food drive scheduled for Saturday
TELL CITY - Letter carriers in Tell City will join their counterparts nationwide to help stamp out hunger by collecting nonperishable food items Saturday during the 16th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive. Items donated during the largest annual one-day food drive in the nation are then delivered to local community food banks, pantries and shelters across the country.
The U.S. Postal Service has partnered with the NALC in this effort since 1993. The "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive has collected more than three-quarters of a billion pounds of food for community food banks and pantries nationwide.
"The Tell City Post Office is proud to support our nation's letter carriers," said Postmaster Tim Miller. "We also appreciate the generosity of our customers who enable our employees to collect millions of pounds of food to replenish community food banks and feed those in need."
The Tell City postmaster said letter carriers have established a tradition of community service over the years.
"They have always been involved when something needs to be done," Miller said, "whether watching over the elderly through the Carrier Alert Program, delivering mail and assisting the American Red Cross during times of disaster, rescuing victims of fires, crime and other catastrophes."
Customers are asked to place nonperishable food items next to their mailbox before the mail carrier delivers the mail Saturday.
Postal employees will do the rest, taking the food to the post office, where it will be sorted for delivery to an area food bank or pantry.