The city letter carriers' food drive Saturday, May 14, is even more important this year. All the food collected will go to area food banks, then to survivors of the devastating tornadoes of the past few weeks.
Ed Halsey, Roanoke letter carrier, said brown bags were left in mail boxes to be filled with non-perishable food and placed by the mail boxes for pickup.
Without even leaving home you can make a huge donation to those in need across the state of Alabama. Halsey said the food banks expressed the desire to contribute to the storm victims of Alabama.
After checking with post office personnel, Jeannie Volpe of Community Life Food Bank, Abby Phipps of The Christian Service Center and Linda Hurst of The Lighthouse soup kitchen have decided that all food collected by the carriers next Saturday will be given to the Tornado Disaster Relief Fund.
"What better time to donate because of the condition of the economy and the disaster," Halsey said. The letter carriers will appreciate your participation, he said.
Last year was the first time for the Roanoke Post Office to participate in the food drive, and this year Woodland is joining them. Last year they were really excited and shocked at grossing more than 1,800 pounds of food from the city of Roanoke and the outpouring of support, Halsey said.
With the addition of Woodland and the need everybody recognizes, Halsey said they hope to increase the amount collected two-fold.
The food drive is primarily sponsored by the city's carrier union but any carriers from the rural side are welcome to come on board and help, he said. The bags will be picked up as the letter carriers go about their routes.
The National Association of Letter Carriers sponsors the food drive. Halsey is president of the local union. This is the 19th annual National Food Drive to "Stamp Out Hunger," the largest one-day food drive in the nation.