Salina Strives to "Stamp Out Hunger"

"If you've seen one hungry child, you've seen one too many", said Steve Riggs, statewide chair of the Letter Carriers' Food Drive. Last year, more than 71 million pounds was collected nationwide, including 10,000 pounds locally, between Pendleton, Hermiston, and Milton-Freewater (Branch 909).

Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices.

"We enjoy giving out effort in trying to assist with the problem of hunger", said food drive coordinator John Hill.

The need for food donations is great.

The locally donated food will stay in the community where it is donated and be evenly distributed among local food banks. The contributions help restock local food banks in preparation for the summer months, when low-income families need extra food to fill the nutrition gap for students during summer vacation when schools are closed and breakfast and lunch programs aren't available. Anchorville residents who would like to make a donation can drop off nonperishable food items at the post office, which is located at 9828 Dixie Highway. That was the third highest amount since the food drive began in 1993.

Volunteers from Farm Share and other local agencies will be organizing the donations from Stamp Out Hunger for distribution.

"We rely on this food drive to keep our shelves fully stocked to help needy families, children, seniors and the homeless in Gulf Breeze and Navarre", said Pastor Doug Barber, ACTS Ministry of Holley Assembly of God. More information about the National Letter Carriers' Food Drive can be found at www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive or www.loaves-fishes.org/stamp-out-hunger/.

"We're proud to continue this community tradition as we prepare for the 26th annual food drive", Algonac Postmaster Michael Bembas said.

Non-perishable food items sought include cereal, peanut butter, pasta, rice, tuna and canned soup, fruits or vegetables.

  • Eleanor Harrison