On Saturday, everybody who gets mail, can help those in need of food.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive will be held on Saturday. On that day, people can leave canned goods and non-perishable items for their letter carrier to pick up.

Joe Silvers, customer service supervisor with the Somerset Branch of the U.S. Postal service, said the drive was started about 15 years ago as the letter carriers way of showing appreciation to the community. He said last year 1,500 branches across the country took part in the event with almost every city in the United States helping with the project.

Silvers said that those who have a rural mailbox should sit the canned goods or non-perishable items by the mailbox and those who live on a city route should put the items underneath their mailbox.

“We have averaged about 10,000 pounds a year over the last 14 years and we expect to get 10,000 pounds this year,” said Silvers.

However, Silvers added that if everyone would donate just one item, they wouldn’t even be able to haul it all.

Silvers recommends that people take their items out the night before, as often people forget to put items out the morning of the event.

God’s Food Pantry and other local pantries throughout the county will get food from the donations made on that day, he said.

“Every little bit helps,” said Silvers.

Silvers said if anyone forgets to put out any items, they can drop them off at the downtown post office or the West Somerset post office on that day.

“The Association of Letter Carriers appreciates all the support people of Pulaski County have given over the last 14 years,” said Silvers, “and God’s Food Pantry appreciates it too.”

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