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Letter Carriers to do Double Duty Saturday for Good Cause

Kentuckians are encouraged to donate nonperishable foods during letter carriers' annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday. (Greg Stotelmyer)
Kentuckians are encouraged to donate nonperishable foods during letter carriers' annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday. (Greg Stotelmyer)
May 12, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. - This week, helping feed people who are hungry in Kentucky will be as easy as putting canned food by the mailbox. Saturday is the 24th year of the "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive, when letter carriers across the country collect nonperishable foods from homes as they deliver mail. Denise Preston, a letter carrier in Lexington for 11 years, said it's a long, but very rewarding day.

"At the end of the day I'm exhausted, but I feel very blessed that I was able to do that," She said. "I actually look forward to it every year. "

Preston is coordinating the food drive in Kentucky for the National Association of Letter Carriers. She said what's collected in each town stays in that area and is distributed by local food banks and pantries.

Anne Schenk, vice president of communication and marketing for the Gleaner Community Food Bank in Michigan, said letter carriers know their communities.

"When people are going through tough times, it's very apparent, they deliver the bill collection notices, they deliver the shut-off notices," she said. "So, they know that people struggle and they see it every day, and I think that's what has really motivated the letter carriers to do this."

Schenk notes the food drive comes at a critical time since, during the summer, more kids are in need of food without the meals provided at school.

Preston said items high in protein are especially needed. Just put your donations in a bag on or near your mailbox.

"Any kind of non-perishable foods," she added. "Vegetables, fruits, tuna, pasta."

In the past two dozen years the "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive has collected more than one billion pounds of food nationwide.

Greg Stotelmyer , Public News Service - KY