Leave food by your mailbox May 10 to help those in need

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 9, 2014 

Food drive hat CLO PAD

Mail carrier Mark Rensink wears his food drive hat while delivering the mail to businesses along Squalicum Parkway Friday, May 9, 2014, in Bellingham to remind his customers about the annual Letter Carrier Food Drive Saturday. Rensink says he wears the hat all week before the food drive.

PHILIP A. DWYER — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Buy Photo

If you're thinking of cleaning out the pantry or picking up a few extra items at the grocery store to help out the hungry in the community, now is a good time.

On Saturday, May 10, local postal carriers will make it easy for anyone to donate food to local food banks. All you do it leave a bag of nonperishable items by your mailbox.

Food will be picked up by the carrier and delivered to Whatcom County food banks. This is often a rough time of year for food banks because demand remains high but donations tend to drop off after the holiday season.

The Stamp Out Hunger drive, in its 22nd year, is the nation's largest single-day food drive. Last year Americans donated more than 74 million pounds of food, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

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