Posties put stamp on hunger

Canada Post letter carrier Lucie Hulford

Canada Post letter carrier Lucie Hulford

Postal workers will be arriving at your doorstep this weekend ready to fight hunger.

The 14th annual Greater Victoria Postie Food Drive happens Saturday (May 28).

Non-perishable food collected by more than 200 postal workers will support four food banks from Sooke to Sidney, including the Mustard Seed food bank, which feeds about 7,000 people a month in Victoria.

“Kids use the food bank,” said letter carrier Lucie Hulford, who is co-ordinating the drive in Victoria and Esquimalt. “It’s too bad. (The food bank) shouldn’t be needed, but it is.”

Last year’s drive generated 39,000 pounds of food and $950 in cash.

“We have a lot of committed letter carriers,” said Brent Palmer, Mustard Seed food bank director. “They clearly understand.”

Residents are asked to place non-perishable food donations at their door on Saturday (May 28) before 9 a.m., when the drive starts. Cash donations can be given directly to postal workers.

Alternatively, food can be dropped off at grocery store receptacles or at food banks.

emccracken@vicnews.com