Carla Bass- City Editor
Saturday, May 13th marks the 25th anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving- The National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Letter Carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality for too many in county… hunger.
Each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from our customers. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in Jefferson who need our help.
Postmaster Pam Williamson, in Jefferson, expressed, “All of the donations we receive here in Marion County, stay in Marion County. Our food items we collect all go to Compassion of Marion County and the Blessings of Grace Food Pantry.”
Last year across the U.S., we collected over 80 million pounds of food nationally, feeding an estimated 64 million people. Over the course of its 24 year history, the drive has collected 1.5 billion pounds of food, thanks to a postal service universal delivery network that spans the entire nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam and U.S. Virgin Islands.
The need for food donations is great. Currently, 49 million Americans- 1 in 6- are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Thirteen million are children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. More than 5 million seniors over age 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.
Our food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.
Participating in this year’s Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is simple. Just leave…
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