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The Tullahoma Post Office will collect non-perishable food donations this Saturday as carriers deliver mail along their postal routes. The effort is part of the 27th annual “Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive,” the nation’s largest single-day food collection event.  Food from the local drive will be distributed to area food pantries in partnership with Good Samaritan. Pictured far left is Good Samaritan Executive Director Cindy Kinney. Missy McCann, right of Kinney, is the event’s postal coordinator. 

This weekend, the Tullahoma Post Office will participate in the 27th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

On Saturday, May 11, letter carriers will collect nonperishable food donations as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

Residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing foods such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meat and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal next to their mailbox or hanging from the post before their regular mail delivery on Saturday.

Items may also be dropped off at the post office.

Homemade food products cannot be accepted and post office officials request that people refrain from donating items in glass jars, which break easily.

The need for food donations is great.  Almost 50 million Americans – 1 in 6 – are unsure where their next meal is coming from.  Among them are millions of children, senior citizens and military veterans.

The letter carriers participate in the nationwide food drive on the second Saturday of May each year. The timing is important, with food banks, pantries and shelters running low on donations from the winter holidays and with summer looming, when most school meal programs are suspended.

According to NALC, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the nation’s largest one-day food collection event designed to help replenish local food banks.

Last year, the drive collected 71.6 million pounds of food nationally. Since it began in 1993, the national food drive has collected 1.67 billion pounds of food.

All donations from the local drive will be taken to the First Presbyterian Church for distribution to area food ministries such as the Attic Outlet, First Christian Church and Wesley Heights Methodist Church to feed families in need through partnership with the Good Samaritan program.

Kelly Lapczynski can be reached at klapczynski@tullahomanews.com.