You can help feed the needy in Clay County by simply leaving a bag of food by your mailbox.
On Saturday, letter carriers in Clay County and in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America will collect non-perishable food items donated by customers.
They will be participating in the 14th annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive -- the largest annual one-day food drive in the world. Postal employees in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands will collect food and deliver it to local community food banks, pantries and shelters.
Residents are asked to leave non-perishable food in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday before their letter carrier arrives. The letter carriers will do the rest.
"The United States Postal Service is proud to support our nation's letter carriers and the generosity of customers to enable the collection of millions of pounds of food to replenish community food banks and feed the needy," said Postmaster General John E. Potter.
Long-time supporters of the drive include the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup Co., America's Second Harvest, Cox Target Media, local United Ways throughout America and the AFL-CIO Community Services Network.
In 2005, the drive collected a record 71.3 million pounds of food for the hungry, making the total amount of donations to community food banks and pantries from the NALC Food Drive over the last 13 years well over a half billion pounds.
An estimated 30 million people face hunger every day in America, including more than 12 million children. This drive is one way to help those right in their own city or town who need help.
Letter carriers have established a tradition of community service over the years. They have always been involved when something needs to be done, whether watching over the elderly through the Carrier Alert program, delivering the mail and assisting the American Red Cross during times of disaster, rescuing victims of fires, crime and other catastrophes.
The NALC Food Drive has received numerous accolades, including two Presidential Certificates of Achievement, a Special Appreciation Award in 2003 from America's Second Harvest Food Bank Network, the annual Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2003 from Bon Appetit/Food Network and the annual World Hunger Year/Chapin Award in 2004.