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Letter carriers collect items for food bank today
Items can be left in bag at mailbox
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It's simple - take a can or two out of the pantry, walk out to the mail box, and leave them for your mail carrier.
    No, he's probably not hungry, but other people are. And today is the Letter Carriers Food Drive, when mail carriers fill their trucks with more than bills and letters.
    Each year, the National Association of Letter Carriers hosts the food drive that helps fill food banks across the United States. All citizens have to do is place the non-perishable food items in a bag, then leave the bag at their mail box. The letter carriers do the rest.
    In Statesboro,  food bank employees and volunteers from local organizations such as the Statesboro Noon Lions Club will be at the Statesboro Food Bank to help sort and shelve the goods area letter carriers bring back.   
    Other organizations, including members of the Christian Motorcycle Association and Goldwing Road Riders Association, will be helping as well, said Jon Martin, an event volunteer who is also employed by the Statesboro post office.
    Nearly 1,300 branches will join Statesboro to collect food for families who access the services and products of local food banks, he said. Last year, over 70 million pounds of food was collected.
    Statesboro's branch collected over 9,308 pounds last year, he said.
    But the food drive is not for just those inside the Statesboro city limits; letter carriers who deliver in the rural areas will also be collecting nonperishable food, he said.
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