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Leon County mail carriers will pick up donated food on their appointed rounds this Saturday

A bag of groceries sits outside under a black mailbox
Tom Flanigan
WFSU Public Media
Bags of donated nonperishable food will await pick up by local mail carriers on Saturday

This Saturday is “Stamp Out Hunger” day in Leon County. Residents are being asked to put out bags of non-perishable food where they pick up their mail.

Shari Hubbard with Second Harvest of the Big Bend said this is a partnership with the local branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

“(This is) not only the largest national food drive but also a really important one for us. The timing is super important because this is the time of year when food donations go down and leading into the summer, we need donations to go up so we can meet the increased demand.”

Hubbard explained that 36,000 school kids in Second Harvest’s serving area will be out of school and without school-based meals during the summer. What should the food bags by the mailboxes contain?

“Non-perishable food items. Canned goods, we love to get hearty soups and stews, peanut butter is always great, canned protein, like tuna fish or chicken. And then pasta and pasta sauce are always good as well.”

Residents only need to make sure they put out the food bags before their letter carrier arrives on Saturday.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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