Editorial: Food drive enters the home stretch

This is it — the home stretch of the 20th-annual letter carrier food drive, Stamp Out Hunger.

It climaxes on Saturday.

Mail customers are encouraged to leave non-perishable food items by their mailboxes or at neighborhood post offices.

From there the donations will be taken to the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Lee County and warehouse/storefront space donated to Collier Harvest by Barron Collier Companies in North Naples. From both sites the food goes to established charities throughout our community.

Last year's drive netted more than 400,000 pounds and over $2,300. This year the need is even greater, project officials say.

Children who receive free breakfasts and lunches during the school year will be in need during the summer months.

Food items especially needed include canned soup, canned meats and fish, canned vegetables, fruits and juices, boxed goods (such as cereal), and pasta and rice.

Remember, Saturday is the last day. The grand finale.

Please consider being a part of this project. It really delivers.

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