Special delivery, indeed

Warm – no, hot – weather has arrived, meaning summertime is near. That makes Saturday a perfect time for the letter carriers’ annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

“The summer months are the hardest,” Capt. Becky Stetser of The Salvation Army in Tiffin said earlier this week. Cupboards there are among those at local food pantries which benefit from the collection of non-perishable food items.

When the school year ends, so does a source of free or low-cost, nutritious meals for students from lower-income families. Plus, food costs are rising. That makes donations from area residents – throughout the year – crucial.

Last year, nearly four and a half tons of food was collected by the letter carriers. The Salvation Army’s share typically keeps shelves stocked for a month.

Donations of non-perishable food items left in or next to a mailbox Saturday morning will be picked up by a letter carrier covering the route. Please help.

Speaking of food and The Salvation Army, the citadel at 505 E. Market St. is to be the site of a fundraising spaghetti dinner 4-7 p.m. today. Meals are $3 for children and $6 for adults.