National Letter Carrier’s Food Drive

By Beacon Staff

Here’s a simple and easy way to help people in need in our community:

On Saturday, May 9, 2009, letter carriers across the nation – including those here in the Flathead – will be picking up non-perishable food items as they walk and drive along their postal routes. It’s the 17th annual Letter Carriers Food Drive – the largest one day food drive in the nation.

You can participate by placing a box, can, or bag of non-perishable food in or near your mailbox on the morning of May 9. Your letter carrier will pick it up and bring it to the Flathead Food Bank. Last year this food drive collected close to 11,000 pounds of food for the food bank. The goal this year is to increase that amount by 10 percent.

All donations are appreciated. The food bank, though, is especially in need of canned fruits, vegetables and soups; boxed or canned meals such as macaroni and cheese, Hamburger Helper or chili; baby items such as formula and diapers; and personal care items such as soaps and shampoos.

The drive is particularly important this year. As unemployment has risen here, the food bank has seen a huge increase in need.

For questions, contact Lori Botkin at 752-3663 (Flathead Food Bank) or Kari Wiley (USPS) at 250-1754.