160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The food donated by the residents of Santa Clarita through the letter carriers’ food drive carries us through the summer months when donations are at their slowest and need is the highest,” said Belinda Crawford, the pantry’s executive director. Residents are asked to leave boxes or bags of food in nonbreakable packaging next to their mailboxes before the mail arrives. The goal this year is to exceed the 30 tons donated last year. SANTA CLARITA – Residents are urged today to leave nonperishable food out for letter carriers as part of the national Stamp Out Hunger campaign. The donations will be picked up as mail is dropped off, then donated by the National Association of Letter Carriers to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry in Newhall. Last year the letter carriers delivered 30 tons of food to the pantry, which serves about 3,000 clients, more than half of them children. This is the association’s 15th annual food collection campaign, timed for the summer when food banks run low and children on summer break can’t rely on school lunch programs.