Rifle food drive to begin on Saturday | PostIndependent.com

Rifle food drive to begin on Saturday

For Rifle residents who found a grocery bag in their mailboxes Wednesday, this weekend is their chance to give back to the community without leaving home. Saturday will mark the 25th anniversary of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers. For the seventh consecutive year the Rifle Post Office will be one of hundreds of thousands of post offices to participate.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

Rifle residents simply need to leave their donation of nonperishable goods in a sturdy paper or plastic grocery bag next to their mailbox before the mail is delivered Saturday. Letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver mail. The food collected will then be donated to the LIFT-UP Rifle Food Pantry.

“This is a big year because it’s the 25th anniversary,” said Mari-Anne Chapman of the Rifle Post Office. “We’re looking for anything nonperishable — canned foods, cereals, rice, ramen and the such. Whatever is gathered in each community, stays in each community.”

Chapman said that the Rifle Post Office gathered 1,994 pounds of goods from last year’s drive.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.

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