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Sporting their new t-shirts, Chickasha Postal Carriers will be collecting more than just mail on Saturday morning. The carriers will also be collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to local food pantries.

On Saturday May 12, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America, including Chickasha, will do much more than deliver mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes.

They will also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers who participate in the 15th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Nationwide Food Drive-the largest one-day food drive in America.

Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and will deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 local NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved in this drive.

“We are very proud to be a part of this great program for the second year in a row,” said Local NALC Food Drive Coordinator Allen Huffines. “Last year, we were overwhelmed by the community’s response, and are looking forward to an even greater response this year. Last year, we collected just under 6000 pounds of food-our goal for this year is 8000 pounds.”

In the past 14 years, this one-day event has resulted in the delivery of well over half a billion pounds of food donations to community food banks and pantries. All the food products collected stay in the communities where they are received.

Benefiting from the Chickasha drive will be local food pantries at First Baptist Church, Southern Oaks Church of Christ, the Emergency Food Pantry, Sharing Life Community Church, Harvest Baptist Church, the Resurrection House and Cornerstone Church.

The success of this drive is in its simplicity. All citizens need to do is place a box, bag or even just a can of non-perishable food next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers the mail early on Saturday, May 12. The carrier will do the rest. The food will be taken back to the post office, sorted and delivered to one of the above mentioned food assistance locations.

If for some reason, a patron believes the postal carrier has missed their donation pick-up, please feel free to call the Post Office at 224-1633 and someone will come by and pick up the donation.

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