Woodward, Okla. —
For the 20th consecutive year, mail carriers across Oklahoma will hold a food drive to "Stamp Out Hunger."
This year's food drive is Saturday, said Tommy Heath, a Woodward letter carrier who chairs the drive locally each year.
"We have been part of the program since its inception," Heath said. "You can drop off donations in the Post Office lobby or leave them by the mail box on Saturday morning and we'll pick them up."
Heath said non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the Post Office any time on Saturday.
He said anything non-perishable is accepted along with monetary donations if someone would prefer to participate that way.
"Then we go out and buy food and take it to the agencies," Heath said.
Locally, the food drive will benefit the Woodward Community Pantry, Living Word, Western Plains Youth & Family Services, High Plains Outreach Center, Domestic Crisis and Lincoln Avenue Pantry.
Heath said in past years the response in Woodward has always been excellent.
"We usually have 4,000 to 5,000 pounds of food every year," Heath said. "The citizens have been awesome since the beginning, we have almost the same amount every year."
Statewide, last year the food drive raised $806,068 pounds of food and over a million dollars for Oklahomans.
The Regional Food bank said the demand for food assistance continues to rise this year.
In Woodward, the food drive includes the city carriers and the rural carriers as well.
Helping others is the reason letter carriers take part in this food drive each year.
"That's what we're supposed to do as individuals, help other individuals," Heath said. "Anything we can do as a community to help people less fortunate, that's our job as good stewards."