Walla Walla-area postal workers hope to collect more than your outgoing mail this weekend.
The National Association of Letter Carriers expects the drive, now in its 18th year, to surpass a historic total of 1 billion pounds overall of donated food with the annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive on Saturday.
In addition to nationwide advertising, the local chapter of the organization has set the table for reaching the goal, noted coordinator Toby Swank. "We ran an ad in the U-B, we've distributed cards."
Local grocery stores have put up posters and sent out public address announcements, he added.
Meaning the light is green for this to be a bountiful collection year, Swank feels.
He's not worried about the pinched economy, the coordinator said. "Surprisingly, some of the worst years end up being the best for this. People are a little more aware then and end up giving more."
Swank has been involved with the food drive for 13 years. The food bank's needs remain consistent -- nonperishable items such as tuna fish, peanut butter, boxed dinners and complete meals in a can, such as stew and soup, he said. The food is taken to Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank and parceled out to area food pantries.
Postal customers are asked to attach the card they got in the mail or a note to the box or bag of food intended for the food drive, and leave it by their mailbox.
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