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May 10--  The annual Letter Carriers Food Drive to help the needy is Saturday.

By now you should have received a plastic bag in your mailbox and United Way Executive Director Patricia Dixon hopes you'll put some non-perishable food items in it early Saturday and hang it on your mailbox for pickup by your letter carrier.

"We're asking everyone to help us out and let's get lots of food on Saturday," she says.

The food which is collected Saturday will be picked up Monday morning by two local agencies which operate food pantries.

"Our community has been very, very good about stepping up to the plate and we get two or three truckloads of food.  Salvation Army will go to the post office in Vidalia and the Southeast Georgia Communities Project will go to the post office in Lyons and pick up the food.  We really need support because our food pantries are really low right now," Dixon reports.

She recommends food items like peanut butter, jelly, canned meats and vegetables, soup and macaroni and cheese which shes says go a long way for people who have no food in their homes.