Paper or plastic? U.S. Postal Service workers hope you will choose the latter.
Letter carriers from Oklahoma City and more than 40 cities in the state will collect nonperishable food donations as they deliver mail Saturday.
The “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” benefits Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma receive food from the charity.
Residents can place plastic bags of food next to their mailbox. Letter carriers are delivering plastic bags but residents may use their own.
Saturday will be the toughest day of the year for letter carriers, said letter carrier Steve Riggs. Letter carriers will deliver mail, but also pick up food.
“Letter carriers through the course of delivering the mail all year long, we see the actual face of hunger. Because we’re on every street in every city every day,” said Riggs. “This is just one other way we give back to the community. We’re proud of the fact that we can help.”
Last year, Oklahoma City letter carriers collected about 684,000 pounds of food and nearly $586,000. Letter carriers nationwide collected a record 73.4 million pounds.
Food banks need nonperishable items, such as canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, rice and beans. They will not accept opened packages, baby food, glass containers or home-canned items.
This story, written by Brian Sargent, was published in The Oklahoman on Sunday, May 2.