Snow slows first Saturday of Letter Carrier's Food Drive

      EUGENE, Ore. -- Food For Lane County's "Letter Carriers Food Drive" took a hit on its first day after a snowstorm that left Eugene and Springfield covered in over a half-foot of powder.

      The two-day food drive runs Saturday Dec. 7 &14.

      The non-profit raised 27,000 pounds Saturday- about half of what they raised on the first day last year.

      Spokeswoman Dawn Marie Woodward said she thinks people were being cautious during the snow. It's her hope the community will go "all out" next Saturday, especially with their demand for food increasing.

      "People are turning on their heat now or they're trying to heat more bills are going to come in quite expensive. We've got a long cold snap going on here and that's going to impact people's budget," said Woodward.

      Those interested in participating in the Letter Carrier's Food Drive can leave a bag of canned or non-perishable food by their mailbox next Saturday.