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Letter carriers to pick up more than mail

A banner flies outside the main post office in Kingman advertising the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday. AARON ROYSTER/Miner

A banner flies outside the main post office in Kingman advertising the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday. AARON ROYSTER/Miner

KINGMAN - With the help of the community, U.S. Postal Service employees will be doing more than picking up your utility payment Saturday.

Local letter carriers will pick up non-perishable food items at mailboxes along their routes as part of the national 15th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

The USPS has already begun preparing for the food drive by placing plastic bags with information about the drive in mailboxes throughout the city and surrounding areas.

They've also placed a receptacle in the lobby of the main office located at 1901 Johnson Ave.

According to Connie Stone, a letter carrier at the office and member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, the drive collected more than 27,000 pounds of food last year in the area. Stone added 27,000 pounds is usually what they average in the 12 years they have done it locally.

"We sure would like to get up to 30,000 pounds," Stone said. "We're just asking people before they go out to put some food in their mailbox."

Non-perishable food items can be placed in a bag near their mailbox or in their mailbox.

If you miss your letter carrier on Saturday, a collection bin will be in the post office lobby for a few days following the drive, according to Kingman Postmaster Brian Camarillo.

The National Association of Letter Carriers-sponsored food drive collected a total of more than 70 million pounds of food last year. According to a news release, postal employees in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands collected and delivered the food to local community food banks and will do so again this year.

All food collected locally will be taken to the Kingman Area Food Bank, 2930 Butler Ave.

For more information on the food drive, contact the Kingman USPS office at 753-2480.

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