Niagara Gazette

May 8, 2013

Letter carriers assist food drive

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The largest one-day food drive in the nation to help the needy is set for Saturday.

Hundreds of letter carriers in the Buffalo-Niagara area will be conducting the massive campaign with the slogan Stamp Out Hunger, a drive that was first launched in 1976.

In the days leading up to the collection, local letter carriers have been distributing post cards and, in some instances, grocery bags to both city and rural residents' mailboxes. A spokesman said the National Letter Carriers Association has collected more than a billion pounds over the last two decades for Americans in need.

The letter carriers in Niagara County and countless other communities have asked people who can help to fill grocery bags with non-perishable food items and leave them by their mailboxes Saturday morning. Items most needed by the food banks include canned fruits and vegetables, soups and meals in a can, pasta, peanut butter, tuna, rice and cereal.

Sister Beth Brosmer, executive director of the Heart, Love & Soul Food Pantry & Dining room, 939 Ontario Ave., Niagara Falls,  said: "Many people are experiencing food insecurity during these difficult economic times. If each household donates one or two bags of non-perishable food, the accumulated amount  will enable local pantries to help many families in need." She noted that in 2012, the event resulted in more than 9,000 pounds of noon-perishable food for those served by Heart, Love & Soul alone.

Working in conjunction with the letter carriers are the United Way of Niagara, the AFL-CIO, the U.S. Postal Service and many volunteers.