If it has been your intention for a long time to donate food items to area food banks, but it just hasn’t been convenient, how would you like to donate non-perishable items to needy families without even leaving your own property?
Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 13, and then put together some non-perishable and non-expired food items, and double bag them. Then place the bag at your postal receptacle that morning. Your local letter carrier will pick it up and get it to a local food pantry
May 13 is the date of the 25th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Postal Food Drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
“We’ve been doing it locally for about six-seven years,” Kelli Conkel, a local postal worker, said. “It didn’t reach small-town America until six or seven years. They’ve been doing it nationally for 25 years.”
Conkel said the first year the drive was held locally, they raised 12,000 pounds of food, which to date is their largest collection. Each food bank received approximately 1,000 pounds of food.
“We’re wanting to beat that (12,000 pounds) this year, because we’ve been on a downward spiral in recent years,” Conkel said. “We weigh it up and distribute it to between 12 and 15 local pantries that benefit from it.”
Conkel said, this past week the letter carriers have been putting out signs, and they will be sending out 3 X 5 cards on Tuesday as reminders to residents to plan for the food drive and have their food items ready on Saturday, May 13.
“Preparation and coordination for Food Drive Day can be challenging,” ALC President Fredric Rolando said. “Despite the challenges, we look forward to it each year because of the important role we’re playing in the fight against hunger in this country.”
Joining NALC this year as national food drive partners are the U.S. Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, United Way Worldwide, AFL-CIO, AARP Foundation, Valpak and Valassis.
Organizations and churches locally report an increased need for food for area families because of the recent economy.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.