Stamp out hunger
By Crystal Thompson
Havre residents can help "stamp out hunger" on Saturday, when postal carriers will once again collect food for the hungry on their routes.
Havre postal customers wishing to donate food items should put canned, packaged and non-perishable food items in a plastic bag and leave them on their doorstep or their mailbox area on May 12, prior to regular mail delivery times. Postal customers can also drop off food in the basket at the Havre Post Office lobby, said Postmaster Richard O'Leary.
Hi-Line residents are encouraged to bring their donations to their rural post office for pick up. Letter carriers and volunteers will be picking up the food and transporting it to local charities.
Among the items most needed are canned meats and tuna, canned soup, dry milk, cereals and canned fruits and vegetables. Customers are asked not to leave anything in a glass or breakable container, or food that is perishable.
According to the U.S. Postal Service, Montana has given more than 1.3 million pounds to the food drive over the past four years. Over 10,000 post offices and communities in the U.S. are participating this year. Last year, 64.2 million pounds of food was collected nationwide. Since the postal drive started eight years ago, nearly 400 million pounds have been given to America's hungry.
For more information, contact the Havre Postal Service at 265-5581.