The Crossville Post Office will be collecting non-perishable food items on May 10 for the 22nd annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive.
The U.S. Postal Service continues to support the National Association of Letter Carriers' (NALC) food drive, which is one of the most successful in the nation. Crossville Postmaster Lori Cook is an active supporter of the food drive. Without her support, the collection effort would not happen.
Last year, carriers collected more than 70 million pounds of food nationally. This was the 10th consecutive drive surpassing 70 million pounds. Total donations received since the drive began in 1993 now stand at more than 1.2 billion pounds.
Last year, in Cumberland County, about 15 tons of non-perishable food was collected and distributed to eight local food pantries.
Food banks receive the bulk of their donations during the winter holiday season. By May, their stocks are nearly depleted. The NALC food drive replenishes their stores as the summer months approach.
Here's how you can help: On May 10, please place non-perishable food items at your mailbox for food pantry volunteers or mailmen to collect, or take food donations to the lobby of the Crossville Post Office.
For more information, contact Rodney, NRLC representative, at 335-3962.