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May 10, 2014

Chickasha Post Office takes donations for food drive

CHICKASHA —

The Chickasha Post Office will be taking donations of food for the hungry as well as delivering the mail this weekend.

The Chickasha Post Office is one of more than 10,000 post offices across the country, is participating in the annual one-day food drive today.

Those who wish to participate in the food drive can leave nonperishable food items, such as canned or boxed food, at  their mailboxes or in post offices. The food will be taken to local food pantries.

"Participating in the food drive helps us keep the donations within the city and the county and feed the hungry," Chickasha Postmaster Randy Steelman said. "With school fixing to get out, some kids who would get two meals a day are getting one or none. This will help feed them during the summer months."

Steelman said the Chickasha Post Office collected 9,125 pounds of food last year and a total of 70,602 pounds since 2008.

"Last year's amount is down a bit from previous years, but I expect a good turnout," he said.

Chickasha Food Drive Coordinator, Frank Kobza, said the annual event has collected 1.3 billion pounds of food.

Kobza said Chickasha usually collects between 9,000 and 10,000 per year, but raised 14,012 pounds in 2011.

"16 percent of all Americans are at risk of hunger–uncertain where their next meal may be coming from," he said. "The food drive is scheduled in May because most school lunch programs are suspended during the summer months, meaning millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition."

Steelman said Chickasha has been participating in the national food drive since 2008, but the food drive has been going on for 22 years.

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