Letter carriers to pick up food for Saturday food drive

Letter carriers in Whatcom County and across the country will pick up non-perishable food donations on Saturday, May 9, for the 23rd annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

The event is the largest single-day food drive of the year.

To donate, leave a boxes, bags or cans of nonperishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers the mail on Saturday. Letter carriers and volunteers will carry all the donations back to the food bank.

Bellingham letter carriers typically collect more than other cities of a similar size, according to a press release from the Bellingham Food Bank. This year they hope to collect 60,000 pounds of food from Bellingham residents. Last year, letter carriers dropped off 57,000 pounds of food, according the Bellingham Food Bank’s website.

“We’ve never been busier and this food drive is critical to our work and the hungry families that visit us each week,” said Mike Cohen, Bellingham Food Bank executive director, in a news release.

Despite a recovering economy, visits to the Bellingham Food Bank continue to increase and the food bank currently serves 80 percent more people than it did in 2007.

Learn more at the Bellingham Food Bank’s website.

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