Letter carriers will be out in full force Saturday

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – This Saturday, Hoosiers can join mail carriers in the fight to end hunger in an effort called Stamp Out Hunger.

Local postal coordinator for Stamp Out Hunger, Lesley Morgan, visited News 18 at Noon to discuss this weekend’s big event.

Morgan said the program was started by letter carriers because they were out in their community everyday and they were the ones who saw those needs.

“It began as a pilot program. After a few years, it was picked up for a national program by letter carriers for the second Saturday every May,” said Morgan.

She expects they will have 150 to 170 carriers actually helping Saturday, a total based on individuals actually working and those just helping out, like retirees or individuals that have the day off.

All donated food stays here in our community and goes to Food Finders Food Bank. Morgan said it’s extremely important, particularly this time of year.

“Children are out of school, so they are no longer in school programs, nutritional programs, and there’s been cuts to other programs,” said Morgan. “So, this food drive is very, very important, particularly for children, the elderly and everyone else that’s food insecure in our community.”

The drive will be held on Saturday, May 10 and all non-perishable food items will be accepted. Morgan said for those that want to help, it’s simple!

“It’s really simple for out customers to donate. They just need to bag up food, leave it by their mailbox, and the carrier will pick it up,” said Morgan.

To view the full interview with Morgan from News 18 at Noon, click on the video above.

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