Mail Carriers and United Way of Laramie County work together to stamp out hunger
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The National Association of Letter Carriers and United Way of Laramie County are working together to stamp out hunger.
”Many food pantries will have end of year kind of food drives to gather food during the holiday season. By may their are starting to run out of those reserves. So they just need to build up that back up for the summer time. So may is kind of an ideal time to raise more for our food pantries,” said Emily Rorabeck, Organizer of United Way.
Starting this week, mail carriers will leave an orange or yellow bag in people’s mailboxes for food donations.
But they will take any bag or box with the donation you leave.
Residents are encouraged to fill the bags with non-perishable food items mail carriers will pick up on Sat—May 13th, and throughout the coming weeks.
All of the food will be taken to the food bank of Wyoming distribution centers, where they’ll be sorted and distributed to 6 different food pantries.
The Food Bank of Wyoming will also be looking for volunteers on May 13th to help sort the donations, and there will be additional grocery store pickup locations.
”You can start giving food now. Your letter carrier is ready to collect any food you have to give now. If its easier for you to give now than on the 13th, or if you forget. You know we get food days, four days after because everybody is like, shoot, I forgot to put it out,” said Brandy Selfridge, Letter Carrier of NALC Union.
Authorities say that last year they received about 38-thousand pounds of food, 25,0000 food boxes were given out, 7,000 people were helped, and 964 households were fed.
Public Pickup locations are...
Albertsons at Pershing- 10:30 am - 11:00 am & 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm.
Albertsons at Yellowstone- 12:45 pm. to 1:15 pm. & 4:45 pm. - 5:15 pm.
Safeway at South Greeley- 11:15 am to 11:45 am. & 2:45 pm to 3:15 pm.
Laramie County Library at Pioneer- 12:00 pm. to 12:30 pm. & 3:45 pm to 4:15 pm.
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