Baltimore area postal workers are extending their second annual food drive until Wednesday, in hopes of reaching their goal of collecting 600,000 pounds of food for the poor.
The postal service's part of the statewide Harvest for the Hungry food drive had been scheduled to end yesterday.
But donations were slowed by two recent snows and officials are extending the drive until Wednesday, said Patricia Liberto, a member of the Harvest for the Hungry's committee.
Postal customers can donate food by placing canned or other nonperishable goods near their mailboxes. Letter carriers, in the course of their regular rounds, will pick up the nonperishable food and deliver it to the Maryland Food Bank as part of the Harvest for the Hungry Food Drive Campaign.
Receptacles also are available in local post offices.
The 10,000 U.S. Postal Service employees in the Baltimore District are pitching in for the effort. The Baltimore District includes all but the southern portion of Maryland.
Ms. Liberto said the workers have collected 400,000 pounds of food since their portion of the drive began last week.
Last year, the postal workers collected 670,000 pounds of food for the campaign.
Postal workers have had an employees-only food drive for four years. But last year, they decided to include customers after hearing of a similar program in Arizona.
Harvest for the Hungry, which was founded in 1987, is a network of volunteers that helps other groups organize food drives.