By Cowboy State Daily
Letter carriers across Wyoming will be taking part Saturday in what is believed to be the biggest one-day food drive in the country.
Letter carriers are leaving blue plastic bags inside mailboxes for “Stamp Out Hunger,” a nationwide effort to collect food for the hungry.
People are asked to fill the bags with food items and leave those bags at their mailboxes Saturday. The food will then be distributed to local food banks and pantries, such as Cheyenne’s Needs Inc. and the Salvation Army.
Barbara Fecht, executive director of Needs Inc., said the donations will help feed the 12 percent of Laramie County residents who live below the poverty level.
Fecht and Salvation Army Lt. Mistie Lamb said the need for donated food is constant.
“I think we have a lot of people who are working really hard, but wages are low, rent is high, the cost of living is high,” Lamb said. “Money goes to … keeping a roof over their head, to keeping their heat on, to keeping kids clothed … instead of buying food.”