Oklahoma letter carriers to collect food donations Saturday

Letter carriers across Oklahoma will collect food donations on their mail routes Saturday.
by Bryan Painter Published: May 11, 2012

Letter carriers in 100 cities in central and western Oklahoma will collect food donations on their mail routes Saturday, according to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

The goal of the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive, which began April 30 and continues through May 25, is to raise more than $1 million and 1 million pounds of food.

Included in the monthlong drive is the May 12 collection of food donations by letter carriers.

Plastic bags are being distributed this week in participating areas of the state.

Residents are asked to fill the bags, or any plastic bags, with canned goods and leave the bags by their mailboxes by 7 a.m. Saturday. Letter carriers will collect the bags on their regular mail routes.

Donations will benefit the hungry in the city in which the money and food is collected, according to the Regional Food Bank.

Last year, the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive raised a record 1,031,294 pounds of food and $1,061,072, which provided more than 8.2 million meals.

This year's food drive is especially important, as food prices have increased as much as 30 percent and donations are typically down during the summer, according to the Regional Food Bank.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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For more information about the food drive, call Angie Gaines at 604-7109, email againes@regionalfoodbank.org or go to regionalfoodbank.org.

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