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Jack McClanahan joins Billy Smith and Carol Bolding get a head start on the May 12 food drive by area letter carriers. Bolding directs the Committee on Church Cooperation, which gets food for its pantry. Smith said he has been a recipient.
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Jack McClanahan joins Billy Smith and Carol Bolding get a head start on the May 12 food drive by area letter carriers. Bolding directs the Committee on Church Cooperation, which gets food for its pantry. Smith said he has been a recipient.

Non-perishables by mailbox to help feed needy families

By Melanie B. Smith
msmith@decaturdaily.com 340-2468

The largest food drive in the United States will have local letter carriers picking up non-perishables May 12.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is a project of the National Association of Letter Carriers. Jack McClanahan, president of the local NALC chapter, said that last year carriers in Decatur and Hartselle collected more than 21,000 pounds of food.

He said local residents should place canned food and other non-perishables in bags beside their mailboxes. Letter carriers will pick up the bags and take them to a trailer at the post office until sorted and distributed.

The food collected in Decatur will go to the Committee on Church Cooperation and the Neighborhood Christian Center, he said.

The donations stock the CCC food pantry during the summer, said Carol Bolding, CCC executive director.

Nationwide, letter carriers collect more than 70.5 million pounds last year.

McClanahan and Jawana Gurliaccio, food drive coordinator for the local chapter, said food banks and pantries have an extra burden in the summer when millions of children who receive free or reduced-cost school meals are at home.

"Letter carriers see hunger on the streets of their routes every day," McClanahan said.

The letter carriers will deliver postcards to homes next week, McClanahan said. Campbell's Soup and the U.S. Postal Service are sponsors.

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