“Stamp out Hunger” food drive soon underway

The annual National Association of Letter Carrier’s “Stamp out Hunger” food drive will take place Saturday, May 12, benefiting Rebecca’s Pantry in Atlanta, which provides food for needy families in our area.
“The pantry has two large food drives per year, Stamp Out Hunger being one of them,” said Judy Ragsdale from the Atlanta pantry. “ And we really rely on these donations.”
According to Ragsdale, all items need to be non-perishable, and most importantly, should be currently dated.
“Place donated items by your mailbox that Saturday morning and the mail carrier will pick them up when he delivers the mail,” said Ragsdale. “If you forget to put the items out on the 12th, the mail carrier will usually pick them up for the next couple days.”
The food is gathered and carried to the Atlanta Post Office, where it is then distributed to the local food pantry. 
Ragsdale also stated that boxes are placed at local post offices a week prior to the drive for those who don’t want to leave their donations by the mailbox.
The non-perishable food collected in the drive needs to consist of cereals, dry milk, cereal bars, baby formula, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, boxed or canned juices, canned soups, peanut butter, boxed instant food, bagged or boxed pasta, boxed rice and dried beans, all in non-breakable containers.
Letter carriers collect food in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America, making “Stamp out Hunger” the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
According to the U.S.P.S. website, this one-day event has delivered around 1.6 billion pounds food since it began.
The national, coordinated effort by the NALC effort to help fight hunger in America grew out of discussions in 1991 by a number of leaders. In that first year, a pilot drive was held in 10 cities and it proved so successful that work began immediately on making it a nationwide effort.
A revamped drive was organized in 1993 and the results were astounding. More than 11 million pounds of food was collected which was a one-day record in the United States.
The drive in 2017 marked the events 25th anniversary, and the NALC reported the collection of 75 million pounds of donations, the third largest total in the campaigns history.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations, according to online sources.
A food drive does not have to be the only time to make a food or monetary donation to Rebecca’s Pantry. 
Anyone wanting to donate can visit the pantry at 712 W. Main St., located beside Westside Baptist Church.

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