Summer is coming, school will be out and the need for food assistance will be greater than ever. Letter carriers in Lee County are gearing up for the 25th annual national letter carrier food drive. Most food collected in Lee County will be distributed by the Harry Chapin Food Bank through their participating agencies in the county. All food collected in food drives is distributed to participating agencies at no cost.
The nation's largest single-day food drive, "Stamp Out Hunger," will be held on Saturday, May 13. This is the one day when letter carriers collect non-perishable food that has been left by mailboxes.
Northerners and seasonal residents who are returning home prior to May 13 are encouraged to check their pantries for unopened food items; they may drop off their contributions at any Post Office.
Businesses can set up collection boxes for em-ployees and customers who may not be able to leave food by their mailboxes on May 13. Virtually any kind of food may be donated in un-opened, nonbreakable containers. Items especially in need are peanut butter, tuna, rice, beans, and canned meats, fruits, vegetables, and soups.
For more about the food drive, contact George Sciascia, Letter Carriers' Food Drive coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 239-218-1147.