The annual Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger national food drive is Saturday across Oklahoma.
The food drive in partnership with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma will benefit those living in 24 eastern Oklahoma counties.
“We want to thank the Letter Carriers’ for their efforts. We know this is a lot to ask of them. The timing of this food drive couldn’t be better. Our reserves are typically lower this time of year, and this huge food drive helps give us a boost to provide much needed food to those who are hungry all across eastern Oklahoma,” said Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of the Food Bank.
Within the Tulsa area last year, the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collected 61,460 pounds of food.
An additional 233,362 pounds of food was collected outside of Tulsa and distributed to Food Bank Partner Programs located throughout the 24-county service area.
In total, the donated food provided more than 260,080 meals.
On Saturday, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is encouraged to leave a bag of non-perishable food items by their mailbox by 7 a.m. for their letter carrier to pick up.
The food collected, then sorted before it is taken to the Food Bank in Tulsa for distribution or sent to local affiliated pantries in rural areas.