U.S. Postal Service's Harvest for the Hungry will end tomorrow

March 24, 2000

The U.S. Postal Service's "Harvest for the Hungry 2000" project, in which letter carriers pick up nonperishable food donations left at mailboxes for the Maryland Food Bank, will end tomorrow.

Originally, the drive was to end March 18.

"The extra week will allow us to collect twice as much food and help twice as many people," said Jim Nemec, Baltimore postmaster. "It's easy to donate. Just take your food items and leave them by your mailbox."

As of yesterday, an estimated quarter-million pounds of food had been collected, about 200,000 pounds short of what is necessary to feed one meal to every impoverished family in the state, according to food bank officials.

Information: Irene Lericos, 410-715-0070.

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