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Food drive this week
Post office letter carriers will collect donations on Saturday

KINGMAN - With up to 85 people a day tapping the Kingman Area Food Bank for resources, the need for a food drive couldn't be more obvious. Local letter carriers will do their part Saturday, picking up non-perishable food items throughout their routes for the national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Members of the National Association of Letter Carriers - Branch 576 with contract carriers, other postal workers and volunteers will collect food items for the 17th annual drive.

"We take pride in being able to give back to our community on this one day a year," Connie Stone, food drive coordinator for the NALC. "It is my favorite day of the year to work.

"As letter carriers, we witness the needs and change this economy has made on families on our routes. Life is tough for many."

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.

Postal customers just have to go as far as their mailbox with a few items from their pantry. Non-perishable food items can be placed in a bag near their mailbox or in their mailbox. Checks to the Kingman Area Food Bank will also be accepted.

The NALC has placed a receptacle in the lobby of the USPS main office at 1901 Johnson Ave. If you miss your letter carrier on Saturday, the collection bin in the lobby will be there for a few days following the drive.

All food collected locally will be taken to the Kingman Area Food Bank, 2930 Butler Ave. For more information on the food drive, you can contact the Kingman USPS office at (928) 753-2480.

The drive collects an average of 27,000 pounds of food a year in the 14 years they have done it locally, Stone said. Last year, the drive collected 29,000 pounds of food.

"We need everything this year," Stone said. "We'd like to get 30,000."

In 2007, they collected more than 30,000 pounds of food in the area, while only obtaining 27,000 pounds in 2006.

"The donations are needed now more than ever," Stone said.

With donations being collected at more than 1,400 local branches by the 300,000-member postal union in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands, last year's drive collected a record 73.1 million pounds of food. In 2007, they had collected more than 70.7 million pounds of food.

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