Taking the right steps to Stamp Out Hunger

Erika Turner
May 12, 2017

Donations in Central Texas will go to the Central Texas Food Bank, which is hosting its 21 County Fair on May 20. Residents may either use the bag provided or one of their own.

They'll be at those post offices at 4 p.m.in the afternoon moving the donations back to the pantries, so folks can help at either location or even HELP of Beaufort where they'll need help sorting. "Unfortunately with the schools getting ready to let out, those kids won't have meals through the school, and now they have to find those meals somewhere else".

This has been a challenging year for the the food ministry as the wildfires led to an increase in people needing their services.

Food collected by the letter carriers will be donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges (IFPO). "We know this to be true because we see it as we deliver to every address in America at least six days a week". "A lot of these carriers will get so much food, they can't haul it all in their vehicles".

"One of the reasons that I took on this walking route is I really like being part of the neighborhood", he said. "So many have contributed to this cause and we thank them all". "We're concerned with their wellbeing", Turner said.

"We are really counting on this food".

Letter carrier Mark Georgi with Mayor Brian Billings promoting this Saturday's "Stamp Out Hunger" food collection drive.

According to Donato, the D.C. Capital Area Food Bank would not be able to collect 200,000-500,000 pounds of food per year without the assistance of the postal service. "In 2017, we will build upon the millions of pounds of non-perishable food collected since 1992 from millions of generous postal customers".

Stamp Out Hunger has collected 5,000 to 6,000 pounds of food for the Salvation Army of Virginia in past years.

With the economic struggles many Southwest Virginians face, the Letter Carriers' Food Drive is as critical as ever.

The need is great due to an unstable economy, rising unemployment, and a lack of food supply from local sources. This year there are three drop-off points: the corner of Dixon and Jefferson streets, St. Luke's Church on the corner of Southway and SR 931, and at the main post office on Webster Street. The results were so successful that all participating entities chose to do a national drive the next year. Also beans, outmeals, whole grains and peanut butter.

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