SCV Food Pantry seeks volunteers for food drive

Volunteers from the West Ranch High School Action Team unload bags of donated food from postal trucks that were picked up by letter carriers making their postal deliveries as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive and brought to the U.S. Post Office, Valencia Branch to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry in 2016. Dan Watson/The Signal

By Nathanael Rodriguez For The Signal

The largest food drive in the world is coming to Santa Clarita for its 27th year.

Headed by the National Association of Letter Carriers, the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry will be the local recipient of donations collected by volunteers Saturday. The donations will be used to keep the Food Pantry stocked for the summer season.

On the morning of May 11, local residents are asked to leave non-perishable foods at their mailbox as a donation to the SCV Food Pantry. Postal workers are set to pick up the donations during their usual routes and bring them to U.S. Post Office sites across the SCV.

Volunteers at these sites will unload bags into trucks that will transport the donations to the Food Pantry for sorting.

“We’re lucky enough to be the beneficiaries of the National Association of Letter Carriers,” said Susan Caputo, executive director of the Food Pantry. “This is the biggest food drive in the world, and it will keep us stocked during the summer.”

The summer season usually marks a time of low stock for the Food Pantry. Caputo is happy to have an event like this that benefits the pantry, so it can continue its mission through the summer.

“We are not government-funded at all,” said Caputo. “Our support comes from grants, private donations and food drives like this.”

The Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help unload and sort food on Saturday, May 11, between the hours of 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Those interested can call the Food Pantry at 661-255-9078 or email [email protected].

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