HUMBOLDT – Saturday, May 11 will mark the 27th annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.
All residents of Humboldt County are being asked to participate and help “Stamp out Hunger.” During this nationwide food drive, letter carriers will be picking up donations of non-perishable food and delivering these donations to local food banks throughout the country.
It’s easy to participate. Look for the blue, pre-printed donation bags in your mailbox the week leading up to the May 11 food drive. Simply place your donations of non-perishable food in the bag and leave the bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 11.
Your letter carrier will do the rest, collecting donations and delivering them to Food for People at their Eureka location or to the food pantry in your community.
In Humboldt County, the food drive has collected an average of 45,000 pounds of food countywide each year, and plays an important role in supplementing the food distributed by Food for People’s pantries and hunger-relief programs.
The foods most needed include protein items (canned meats, tuna, and beans), canned vegetables (low sodium) and fruits (in 100 percent juice), low-sugar cereals, whole grain pasta, low-sodium soups, chili and stews, peanut butter and 100 percent juice.
Items that cannot be accepted include rusty or bulging cans, foods that are clearly beyond their expiration date and home-canned items which all have to be disposed of for health reasons. Please try to avoid donations in glass jars as they can easily break when tossed in with canned items.
Volunteers are needed to help sort and box the food when it is delivered to Food for People, 307 W 14th St, in Eureka on Saturday, May 11.