You might have been surprised to have received a brown paper bag in your mailbox this week, but it is no joke. The U.S. Postal Service placed those bags in mailboxes throughout the area t0 collect food for the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. Residents are suppose to fill those bags with canned and non-perishable food and place them near their mailboxes on Saturday, May 9 when letter carriers will pick them up. The food will then be transported to local food banks, like MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) in Pacoima.
This is the 23rd year mail carriers will be collecting food.
Last year, MEND received about 120,000 pounds of food from the campaign, according to MEND President and CEO Marianne Haver Hill. This year, they hope to receive 150,000 pounds.
It is not obligatory to use the brown paper bags sent out; food can be placed in any bag or box. Just set the food next your mailbox before you letter carrier arrives and they will pick it up.
MEND is also calling for volunteers to sort the food. To volunteer, go to Reception Desk at 10641 San Fernando Road or submit an application online.