For the 23rd year, post offices across the country are participating in a food drive Saturday, May 9.
On Saturday, postal workers will pick up donated food items on their normal delivery routes. The food drive coordinator in Zanesville, Tony West, said making a donation is as simple as dropping something off in or next to your mailbox. Each year the drive gets close to 20,000 pounds of food. West said it all goes to local food pantries.
"Every thing’s local," he said. "We’re in cooperation with Operation Feed. We serve 15 different pantries. We collect all the food then we send to Operation Feed later on Saturday evening. They disperse it to all the different pantries and shelters."
West is also a letter carrier in Zanesville, and he will be picking up donated items on his normal route Saturday. He said even though it puts an added burden on them for one day, it’s all worth it in the end.
"It’s an honor for me," West said. "That’s why I do it every year. It’s a hassle on us do to the fact that we’re also doing the job that we do everyday with added weight. It does take a toll on us, but it is for a good cause."
West said unexpired canned foods, dried rice and pasta are all accepted in the donation. Last year, the Zanesville post office picked up over 18,000 pounds of food. He hopes they can top it this year.