Leave donations by mailboxes Saturday for annual food drive


Letter carriers throughout Whatcom County will drop off mail - and pick up donated food left at mailboxes - on Saturday, May 11, for the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

The event is part of a nationwide effort in its 21st year. It also is the largest one-day food drive in the country, as well as in Whatcom County.

Collected food will be distributed to food banks in Bellingham, Blaine, Everson, Deming, Ferndale and Lynden.

"This food drive is critical to our food bank and the families we serve," said Mike Cohen, Bellingham Food Bank executive director, in a news release. Cohen said that one in six Bellingham households visit the food bank regularly and that visits have gone up by almost 70 percent since 2007.

Put out nonperishable food before your letter carrier arrives Saturday. Put the food in bags under or near - not in - your mailbox. No glass or other breakable containers.

Details: helpstampouthunger.com.

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