Letter Carrier's food drive to replenish Food for Lane County pantry

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Mark Nelson retired in 2012 after 28 years with the Postal Service. Nelson started the Letter Carriers Food Drive, now a nationwide event

EUGENE, Ore. -- The cold weather and snow has Food For Lane County concerned about their food supply, as they expect to see more people come through their doors for a hot meal.

Senator Ron Wyden and state representative Val Hoyle helped kick off Food For Lane County's annual Letter Carriers Food Drive, which starts up on Saturday.

Established in Eugene in 1985, the drive raised over 160,000 pounds of food from citizen donations in 2012.

This year congress is considering whether to continue charitable tax deductions for people donating to their cause. Senator Wyden said programs like Food For Lane County is a lifeline for people eager to donate.

“The reality is, the number of folks that are falling between the cracks in terms of assistance particularly for essential food, continues to grow," said Wyden.

Food For Lane County spokesperson Dawn Marie Woodward said that with a dwindling food surplus the non-profit is hoping families give back to those in need.

“We're sitting at three, three and a half weeks of food in the warehouse. Normally in November and December, we see that bump up by several weeks. We just haven't been seeing that happen,” said Woodward. “We need a generous holiday season to ensure that we have food to send out.”

The food drive starts Saturday, and continues on the next Saturday of December. To participate, organizers ask that people leave a bag of canned food by your mailbox. Letter carriers collect the food which will then be transported to Food For Lane County.