'Stamp Out Hunger' food drive turns 25 Saturday

Malcolm Fuller
May 12, 2017

Letter carriers will pick up food donations Saturday in their annual Stamp Out Hunger drive.

On Saturday, May 13, community members can participate by placing nonperishable food items in a bag and leaving it by their mailbox.

Items will be collected by mail carriers and sorted by postal employees and volunteers for delivery to the nearest community food bank. Their letter carrier will retrieve the bags and then drop them off at collection sites for transfer to the food drive's hunger-relief partners.

Bills and assorted junk mail won't be all that's exchanged Saturday between residents and mail carriers from the United States Postal Service.

"The postal food drive is one of the major food drives that support the pantries in Logan County". Donations in Central Texas will go to the Central Texas Food Bank, which is hosting its 21 County Fair on May 20.

At times, some carriers have gotten so much food that it overcrowded their vehicles.

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In 2015, the drive collected approximately 14,000 pounds of food.

Examples of non-perishable items include cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals like soups, chili and pasta, peanut butter and beans, according to the National Association of Letter Carriers website.

"She noted that every donation, no matter how small, will help us serve those of our neighbors who are struggling to put food on their tables".

Burleson explained that the Valdese post office collects food for the pantry at Waldensian Presbyterian Church, and the Hildebran post office collects food for East Burke Christian Ministries.

Turner also pointed out that countless seniors in the community who are on fixed incomes oftentimes have to choose between medicine and food.

But in Beaufort, once the goods get back to the post office, the nonprofits could use a little more help.

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