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Steve Riggs
Steve Riggs

In Oklahoma, one out of every six citizens has inconsistent access to food. Of that number, one in four children doesn't know where his or her next meal will come from. Letter carriers need your help in making a difference.

On Saturday, you can help to "Stamp Out Hunger" by leaving a plastic bag full of canned food donations by your mailbox. Your letter carrier will collect the bag, which will benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and its partner agencies based in communities in 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma.

The Letter Carriers' Food Drive comes at a crucial time of the year. As students enter summer break, they could be losing their one stable source of food — free or reduced-cost breakfasts and lunches provided during the school year. Donations help ensure that Oklahoma children, and their families, have pantries full of food.

Letter carriers are leaving plastic bags in mailboxes this week. All you need to do is fill that bag, or one of your own, and leave it by your mailbox by Saturday morning. Most-needed items include peanut butter, canned meats, canned vegetables, rice and beans.

No matter how big or small the donation, every bit counts and you can rest assured that it will be helping some of Oklahoma's most vulnerable citizens.

The Letter Carriers' Food Drive began in 1993. Since that time, we have collected more than 11.3 million pounds of food in Oklahoma. That is the equivalent of 9.4 million meals. We can't do it without the generosity of Oklahomans statewide.

The U.S. Postal Service fully supports the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive and is committed to assisting the letter carriers in this great endeavor. As letter carriers, we are honored to have this opportunity to help feed our hungry Oklahoma neighbors.

If you prefer to make a financial contribution to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, visit www.feedinghope.org. Every dollar donated provides the equivalent of four meals.

Riggs is chairman of the Oklahoma Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.

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