North Coast mail carriers will help stamp out hunger again Saturday, May 11, when they collect non-perishable food that their patrons have set out in sturdy bags near mailboxes along the mail routes. The carriers will take the collected foodstuffs to local charities that will provide it to people who need it.
Donations to the “Stamp Out Hunger” collection include canned and dry (nonperishable) food packaged in boxes and some bags (such as for rice). Among the most-needed items are canned meats and fish, soup, vegetables, bottled juice, pasta, cereal and rice. Carriers cannot accept outdated products or anything packed in glass containers.
It's all part of the 21st annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, the nation's largest one-day food drive. Last year, more than 70 million pounds of food was collected, and more than a billion pounds was distributed during the past two decades.
Food collected in Cambria is to be distributed locally through the Cambria Vineyard Church’s free food giveaway to the needy from noon to 2 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. For details, call Vineyard at 927-5550.
The church group also receives food, produce and donations from the Salvation Army Extension, Rotary Clubs of Cambria, Community Baptist Church and various individuals. Vineyard also purchases food at low cost through the Food Bank Coalition.