On Saturday May 11, U.S. Post Office letter carriers will not only be delivering mail but will be collecting non-perishable food donations for Volunteers in Service to Others. (VISTO), the local food bank for Cooke County.
As part of a national drive to help feed the nation’s hungry, the second Saturday in May each year has officially been designated as the day that the Post Office gives back to others by picking up food items left at post offices and mail boxes across the country.
Gainesville Post Office employee George Garner noted all food collected is distributed locally.
“All the food we collect goes to feed the hungry in Cooke County,” Garner said.
Garner stated that residents are asked to leave non perishable food next to their mail box on Saturday. Sacks will be dropped off by letter carriers during the week to hold donated items. Donations can also be dropped off at the local post office.
Suggested donations include canned meats, fish, soup, bottled juice, vegetables, pasta, cereal and rice that do not require refrigeration. Packaged items with expired dates or items in glass containers are discouraged. Home made items are not acceptable.
“Last year we collected between seven and eight thousand pounds of food for Cooke County,” Garner said. “That is a lot for the carriers to deal with but we are glad to do it for our community. It is a way that we can give to others who need assistance.”
The event is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC).