On Saturday, May 10, the Woodburn and Gervais letter carriers will collect nonperishable food donations left by mailboxes. Donations can also be left in the Post Office lobby.
The food collected in Woodburn will be given to the AWARE and St. Vincents de Paul food banks, and food collected in Gervais will be given to Sacred Heart Food Bank in Gervais.
The need has never been greater, according to a press release from the post office, with 49 million Americans reportedly living at risk of hunger and not knowing where their next meal is coming from.
The local drive is part of a national campaign put on by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association. The annual event has become the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
Over the last 23 years, in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America letter carriers, other postal employees, and numerous other volunteers have collected more than a billion pounds of food donations for community food banks.