Monday, September 22, 2014

Postal carriers’ food drive Saturday

By The Herald Staff | 5/7/2014

They aren’t necessarily hungry, but local postal carriers are asking for food.

The 22nd annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive is Saturday, and about 20 carriers in Ottawa and rural Ottawa, as well as other cities in Franklin County including Princeton and Wellsville, will be picking up canned and non-perishable food items throughout the day while delivering the mail.

They aren’t necessarily hungry, but local postal carriers are asking for food.

The 22nd annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive is Saturday, and about 20 carriers in Ottawa and rural Ottawa, as well as other cities in Franklin County including Princeton and Wellsville, will be picking up canned and non-perishable food items throughout the day while delivering the mail.

All donations from the food drive will be donated to such local food pantries as Hope House, 304 S. Walnut St., Ottawa, East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corp., 1320 S. Ash St., Ottawa, and local churches, Terry Lederer, Ottawa city mail carrier, said.

“All of the donations we have here stays here,” Lederer said. “All we do is pick the stuff up. It is the people of Ottawa who give.”

Those wanting to donate to the food drive can place their items in or near their mailboxes where carriers can see them.

“Some people give two grocery bags full,” Lederer said. “It is just amazing.”

Last year was one of the biggest years for the food drive in Ottawa, Lederer said. Any kind of canned food can be donated along with other boxed foods that are non-perishable.

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