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5/6/2013
So doable

It’s a worthy idea, stamping out hunger, and one most would agree is worth our effort.

Not much effort is required, though, when the letter carriers are on the job.

This coming weekend is the U.S. Postal Service’s annual food drive, which carries the moniker “stamp out hunger.”

The idea is to leave nonperishable food in or next to our mailboxes on Saturday.

That’s it.

The drive happens all over the country and has resonated with postal customers since the idea took hold 22 years ago. Last year, Americans donated about 70 million pounds of food, according to the National Association of Letter Carriers.

If you don’t have mail delivered to your home, but want to participate, you can do that, too, by bringing nonperishables to the main post office on Tongass Avenue on Saturday.

So easy. So worthwhile.

Thanks for the idea, letter carriers, and for doing the heavy lifting to make it happen.