Letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America — including Decatur, Berne and Geneva — will deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes this Saturday.
According to a news release, "They will also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers participating in the 20th annual National Food Drive to 'Stamp Out Hunger' — the largest one-day food drive in the nation."
The efforts of letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), with the help of rural letter carriers, other postal employees and numerous other volunteers, has resulted in the delivery of more than one billion pounds of donations to community food banks, pantries and shelters over the past 19 years, including 70.2 million on 2011.
Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations left at mail boxes and in post offices for delivery to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 local NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam are involved in the drive.
Locally, donations received will go to the Operation Help food bank and to the St. Mary's, Decatur Church of God, St. Mark's and North Adams Church of Christ food pantries.