The 15th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive "Stamp Out Hunger" collected 625 boxes of food, 31,250 pounds, in Ashland this past Saturday, the single largest one-day food drive in the history of Ashland Emergency Food Bank.

More than 50 non-paid AEFB volunteers from local faith communities worked for more than six hours sorting and storing food picked up and delivered by local postal workers.

"It was a huge job but rewarding job and we want to thank everyone in Ashland for their support," states AEFB President Jim Martin. "Our shelves are full in our new food bank and we have the generosity of our local community to thank."

AEFB President Martin points out that those who missed Saturday's drive can drop off food donations any weekday between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Food Bank, located at 2200 Ashland St. All donations are screened for quality and expiration dates. Donations can also be mailed to Ashland Emergency Food Bank, P.O. Box 2578, Ashland, Ore. 97520.

The Ashland Emergency Food Banks is just one of local food banks and pantries that participate in the postal drive. National co-sponsors of this annual drive include the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup Company, Cox Target Media-Valpak, local United Ways, the AFL-CIO, and America's Second Harvest food bank network.