Annual Letter Carriers’ food drive this Saturday

All donations will go to Plateau Outreach Ministries.

CORRECTION: The Courier-Herald misreported who presented the Inspiration Award to the Seattle National Association of Letter Carriers branch — it was from Food Lifeline, not the NALC. Additionally, the award was not based on the pounds of food collected. However, the Seattle branch did win an award from the NALC for collecting the largest amount of food in the country (for the size of the branch).

Enumclaw letter carriers will be collecting food for the U.S. Postal Service’s annual Stamp Out Hunger event this Saturday, May 11.

Residents may have already received a small blue plastic bag in the mail last week, but you can put out any bag filled with non-perishables near your mailbox to be collected by your letter carrier. (Please check the weather, though — they don’t need soggy paper bags.)

According to the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the Stamp Out Hunger drive, which started in 1993, is the biggest one-day food drive.

Branch 79, which includes most of the Seattle area and Enumclaw, collected close to 300,000 pounds of food last year, and was recognized with the Inspirations Award for collecting the most food in the country; Enumclaw itself donated 1,620 pounds of food to the Plateau Outreach Ministries nonprofit.