Carriers looking for food on Saturday
KINGMAN - With the help of the community, postal employees will be doing more than picking up your utility payment on Saturday.
Local letter carriers will pick up non-perishable food items at mailboxes throughout their routes as part of the national 16th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
"The drive, in its 16th year, is the largest one-day food collection in the nation and the biggest community service effort of our union," said Connie Stone, food drive coordinator for the National Association of Letter Carriers - Branch 576.
The drive has collected an average of 27,000 pounds a year in the 13 years they have done it locally. Last year, the drive collected more than 30,000 pounds of food in the area, a jump from 27,000 pounds in 2006. This year, they hope to break the 30,000 pounds, which is a record amount, Stone said.
"The need is greater this year with prices at the grocery stores and the gas pumps at all-time highs," Stone said.
The United States Postal Service 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.
Non-perishable food items can be placed in a bag near the mailbox or in the mailbox. If you miss your letter carrier on Saturday, the collection bin in the lobby will be there for a few days following the drive.
The food drive collected a total of more than 70.7 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.