Leave food by mailbox Saturday for letter carrier food drive

It’s time to pick up a few more items at the grocery store or sort through your kitchen pantry for the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

The drive is perhaps the easiest way for most people to help local food banks. Just leave nonperishible food in bags under or near — but not in — your mailbox before your letter carrier arrives Saturday, May 9. People should not donate food in glass or other breakable containers.

Carriers will pick up the food as they drop off the mail.

The event, in its 23rd year, 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.

Letter carriers hope to collect at least 60,000 pounds from Bellingham residents on Saturday.

“It’s our favorite day of the year,” Ruth Davis, the unofficial “Mother” of the Bellingham carriers and leader of the drive, said in a press release. “We hope we can set a record this year.”

Bellingham Food Bank hands out more than 250,000 pounds of food each month — the equivalent of eight fully loaded semi trucks.