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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter carriers prepare for food drive

  • As they make their rounds Saturday, local letter carriers will be picking up more than outgoing mail.
    They will be collecting donations for the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
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  • As they make their rounds Saturday, local letter carriers will be picking up more than outgoing mail.
    They will be collecting donations for the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
    Residents are encouraged to leave non-perishable food items next to their mailboxes prior to the time of their regular Saturday delivery.
    The food collection is organized each year by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Ron Crump, local union steward, said 32 letter carriers will be on duty Saturday collecting donations in Leavenworth, Fort Leavenworth, Lansing and rural Leavenworth area. Two others will be volunteering to help with the local effort.
    Stamp Out Hunger is the country's largest single-day food drive. The food drive is now in its 21st year. Last year, 70.2 million pounds of food were collected nationwide.
    Locally, residents donated between 34,000 and 36,000 pounds of food last year. Crump said local letter carriers take the donations to the Leavenworth Assistance Center, the local Salvation Army and Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, which is located in Leavenworth.
    Residents are asked place their donated food items in sturdy bags. Crump said local letter carriers already have dropped off bags that residents can use for their donations.
    "We provided everybody in Leavenworth with those bags," he said.
    Crump said people can use other bags if they fill up the ones that were provided.
    "There are some people that donate a lot more," he said.
    Crump said if residents fail to place their donations next to their mailboxes in time for pick up on Saturday, they can put out the items the following week. He said people also can bring their donations to the Leavenworth post office.
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