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Delivering more than the mail Letter carriers collect food May 10

Letter carriers collect food May 10

Charles W. Grant, executive director of Clayton County Community Services Authority, died last month. Authority personnel are continuing his legacy of providing for the needy. (Special Photo)

Charles W. Grant, executive director of Clayton County Community Services Authority, died last month. Authority personnel are continuing his legacy of providing for the needy. (Special Photo)

FOREST PARK — Weeks after the death of their longtime executive director, employees at the Clayton County Community Services Authority continue carrying on his legacy of serving the needy.

Clients of the agency have been selected to benefit from a popular annual program that requires residents only to put out a sack of canned food at their mailbox. U.S. Postal Service letter carriers then pick up the sacks when they deliver the mail May 10.

Executive Director Charles W. Grant, for whom the center building is named, died last month after serving the center for 50 years.

This year is the 22nd anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, a simple way to feed the hungry. Asiha Davis, administrative assistant at Clayton County Community Services Authority, said postal workers see the need firsthand as they make daily deliveries throughout the country.

“Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality for too many — hunger,” she said.

The letter carriers across the country will collect non-perishable food donations from residents and customers May 10. In general, these donations go directly to food pantries to provide food to people who need help.

Specifically, in Clayton County, clients at Clayton County Community Services Authority Inc. in Forest Park is the agency selected to receive donations collected by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 4568, at the U.S. Postal Service in Forest Park.

The food will be distributed to low-income, disabled and senior citizens seeking temporary emergency food assistance in Clayton County, said Davis.

For more information on making donations anytime to Clayton County Community Services Authority, call 404-363-0575 or visit the center at 1000 Main St., Forest Park.