TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The biggest food collection event of the year is Saturday, May 11, and it is super easy to make a difference in our community.
All you have to do is leave a bag of non-perishable food by your mailbox before regular delivery time.
Letter carriers will collect the donations on their routes and Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s volunteers will sort, pack and help deliver the food to the food bank’s main warehouse.
“This is a big effort in our community,” said Michael McDonald, CEO of the Community Food Bank. “Letter carriers willingly give their time to collect the food people leave at their mailbox, but it also takes volunteers to collect and sort donations to make this food drive a success. We are asking people to give a few hours for a drive that helps us meet the high demand we see during summer.”
Healthy and nutritious food donations are encouraged. The most-needed items include low-sodium canned beans, soups, tomatoes and vegetables, low-sugar oatmeal and cereal, canned tuna and chicken, rice, whole wheat pasta and packaged nuts.
Residents are asked not to donate anything in glass containers, items that will melt or perish in the heat or any non-food items, including soda and beverages.
The event, which you can read more about HERE, is the 27th annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive."
The drive brought in more than 250,000 pounds of food last year.
If you want to donate your time to the Community Food Bank, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 520-622-0525.