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United States Postal Service is holding food drive on Saturday

May 9, 2017 GMT

United States Postal Service is having a Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday along its regular routes in the Douglas County area.

USPS carriers and volunteers will pick up nonperishable food items that community members will leave either in or around mailboxes, in a designated yellow bag that says, “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” with the USPS logo.

The plastic yellow bag will be delivered to community members on Wednesday, along with a card that provides more information on the event. Douglas County residents are asked to leave their food items out by their mailboxes by 8 a.m.

“It’s all about giving back to the community,” Tonia Dickey, Roseburg’s acting postmaster, said. “We are involved with the community every single day and we see a lot of families that are in need so it is nice to give back to them with this food drive.”

Approximately 30 carriers and 10 volunteers will be collecting and loading food items into carrier trucks. The food will be delivered to the United Community Action Network food bank, located on Kenneth Ford Drive in Roseburg. All USPS volunteers and carriers will be wearing a grey shirt that says, “National Association of Letter Carrier’s National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.”

Mike Ouellette has volunteered at USPS for 17 years and was a previous mail carrier for the company.

Ouellette said that he enjoys being a volunteer for USPS and serving the community.

“You don’t always have control of everything that happens in your life and some people may not be as fortunate as others and I think that it is nice that some places do have help for them,” Ouellette said. “It’s also a way for people to help the community out some.”

This is USPS’ 25th year of holding a nation-wide food drive. Last year’s drive resulted in carriers, locally and across the country, collecting around 80.1 million pounds of food. Since the program began in 1993, both employees and customers have contributed approximately 1.5 billion pounds of non-perishable food, according to USPS.

“It’s nice to be able to get the whole community involved and collect as much as we can to give back to those people who struggle every day,” Dickey said.

For more information, call USPS at (541)-673-3620.