Letter carriers collect food for Alaska's needy

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Letter carriers will handle more than mail on Saturday (May 12). They'll also be collecting food for needy Alaskans.

It's part of a yearly national food drive by carriers. Local organizers said Alaska workers have collected more than 440,000 pounds since the effort began in 1991.

Last year, carriers collected more than 56,000 pounds.

Organizers said people can leave non-perishable foods in bags or boxes near their mailboxes for letter carriers to pick up on Saturday. Or they can drop food off at collection barrels at post offices in the Anchorage area, Palmer, Wasilla, Kenai, Soldotna, Homer and Fairbanks.

Organizers asked that people not donate fresh or frozen foods, or food in glass containers. They also said no dairy products should be donated unless they're canned.

The food will be distributed to food banks throughout the state.

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