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Letter carriers run food drive May 11

The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive returns to The Dalles this Saturday, May 11.

This is the one day of the year that everyone has the opportunity — with the help of letter carriers — to easily donate food to help families in need in their community.

The letter carriers food drive benefits the entire Oregon Food Bank Network, serving people who are hungry throughout Oregon plus Clark County, Wash.

In Oregon, more than 4,000 letter carriers in urban and rural areas will join the national effort to pick up food from postal customers.

“So many of our neighbors struggle to put food on the table — seniors, children, parents working more than one low-income job. They need our help,” said Susannah Morgan, CEO, Oregon Food Bank. “The beauty of this food drive is that it brings our entire community together, and our amazing letter carriers make it so easy for all of us to help.”

Need remains high

Distribution of emergency food remains at record high levels. If hunger were a city, it would be the second largest city in Oregon. In an average month, an estimated 270,000 people eat meals from an emergency food box in Oregon and Clark County, Wash.

To help, fill any sturdy bag with nutritious, nonperishable food. The Oregon Food Bank Network will recycle the bag. Place the bag by your mailbox early Saturday, May 11.

All donated food stays in the community where it was collected.

Most-wanted foods include:

• Shelf-stable milk,

• Food high in protein such as canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon) and canned or dried beans,

• Foods high in nutrients, such as canned fruits and vegetables (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced sugar),

• Whole-grain foods such as brown rice, whole grain cereal and whole-wheat pasta,

• Soups, chilies and stews (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced fat),

• 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed),

• Unsaturated cooking oils,

• Other nutritious, “healthy-choice” foods (preferably with reduced fat, sodium and sugar).

Do not include rusty or unlabeled cans, glass containers, perishable items, homemade items, noncommercial canned or packaged items, alcoholic beverages, mixes or soda, open or used items.

Those who miss their letter carrier’s visit May 11 may drop off their food donations at any post office by Wednesday, May 15.

Last year’s NALC Food Drive raised 1.3 million pounds of food throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. This year’s goal is 1.5 million pounds.

Since its inception, the NALC Food Drive has raised more than 20.4 million pounds to benefit the Oregon Food Bank Network.

For more information, visit www.mccac.com or call 541 298-5131 or email janealb@mccac.com

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