Postal carrier food drive set to begin

From press reports

Saturday, May 11 marks the 21st anniversary of one of America’s great
days of giving The National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out
Hunger Food Drive.
Each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the
country collect from our customers non-perishable food donations.
These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to
people in need, and there are many in Winston County who need our help.
Last year, over 70 million pounds of food was collected, feeding an
estimated 30 million people.
Over the course of its 20-year history, the drive has collected more
than a billion pounds of food, thanks to our 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, 50 million Americans—
1 in 6—are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Children in
these households feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and
ability to perform in school. And nearly 3 million seniors overage 65
must deal with hunger as well, with many who live on fixed incomes
often too embarrassed to ask for help.
The food drive’s timing is pivotal, as well. 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.
Participating in this year’s Letter Carrier National Food Drive is
simple. Just leave a nonperishable food donation in a bag by your
mailbox on Saturday, May 11th and your letter carrier will pick it
up. I invite you to join in America’s great day of giving and help
“Stamp Out Hunger.”
All foods collected stay in Winton County and are donated to the
Winston Baptist Association.
Submitted by
Kim Warren,
Letter Carrier
Louisville MS 39339