This food drive always happens the second Saturday in May making this year's drive Saturday May 11th. So when you are out shopping between now and then be sure to grab a few non-perishables  to set out.

Things that are most frequently requested include:

  • cereal
  • pasta & pasta sauce (in cans or plastic bottles)
  • rice
  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • canned meals (such as soups, chili, and pasta)
  • 100% juice
  • peanut butter
  • macaroni & cheese
  • canned protein (tuna, chicken, and  turkey)
  • beans (canned or dry)

To ensure safe transportation to those in need they ask that food items be in non-breakable containers, such as boxes and cans.

In case you don't know the history of this day of service for the Post Office, for some 27 year the they have been supporting our local food pantries with the help of that community. The NALC website, says on the morning of Saturday, May 11, just set out your non-perishable food items well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. Note that he or she will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual.

I received a plastic bag in my mailbox for the event but any plastic, paper or reusable bag will do just as well.  Simply leave your donation by your mail box , hung off the box, or just set it on the ground underneath. The only thing that is a must is making sure it's there before your letter carrier makes their usual stop. They'll have vehicles following them around, to store all the donations.

As summer arrives and the kids will be home it is extra important that families in our area have the help they need.