In the past the local portion of the food drive has been confined to the city of Meridian. This year the local campaign is officially open to anyone from the WTOK viewing area.
'We'd like to collect way over 10,000 pounds,' says Frank Polizzi, who is Vice President for the local chapter for the National Association of Letter Carriers. ' We've averaged over 10,000 pounds the last 18 years. The food that's collected here in Meridian will go to three local food pantries. Food that's collected in the small communities, if they have a food pantry, it will go to their community. If not, it will be moved to an area that has a food pantry."
The campaign will be this Saturday. As part of it, residents are asked to leave non-perishable food items in or near their mailbox prior to their normal mail delivery time.