Residents encouraged to participate in food drive

Letter carriers in Lee and Collier counties are gearing up for the 21st annual national letter carrier food drive.

The nation’s largest single-day food drive, “Stamp Out Hunger,” will be held on Saturday, May 11. This is the one day when letter carriers collect non-perishable food that has been left by mailboxes.

Food collected in Lee County will be distributed by the Harry Chapin Food Bank and several other agencies; food collected in Collier County will be distributed by Collier Harvest. All food collected in the food drives will be distributed to participating agencies at no cost.

Virtually any kind of food may be donated in unopened, non-breakable containers. Items especially in need are peanut butter, tuna, rice, beans, and canned meats, fruits, vegetables, and soups.

Northerners who are returning home prior to the event may drop off their contributions at any Post Office.

Volunteers are needed to assist letter carriers with their pickups. Contact Debi Mitchell in Lee County at (239) 573-9638; and Jesse Costin in Collier County at (239) 269-6044. Volunteers are also needed to assist with preliminary food sorting on May 11. Contact Bedzaida Bryen at Harry Chapin Food Bank at (239) 334-7007, or Kim Berghs at United Way at (239) 433-2000 ext. 260.

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