• Photo by CHRISTY GREEN - Judy Ragsdale, Brittany Espinoza from the Atlanta Post Office, David Steward, Barbara Lamb and Martha Jones stand with some of the donated food items.

The community comes together to “Stamp out Hunger”

The United States Postal Service collected approximately 2,000 pounds of perishable food items on Saturday, May 12 during “Stamp out Hunger”, one of the nation’s largest food drives.
On Thursday, the donated food items were loaded into two, half-ton pickup trucks at the post office and delivered to Rebecca’s Pantry, a local faith-based ministry dedicated to helping individuals and families in need throughout the community. 
Although the turnout was slightly less than last year, the donations will help the pantry in a great way, and according to Judy Ragsdale, God has truly blessed this ministry and has kept the door open for them.
“Rebecca’s Pantry greatly appreciates the food donations that we were in need of,” said Ragsdale. “It will be another six months before we have another big food drive.”
She also said it being summer and with children out of school, more assistance is needed from the pantry.
“Grandparents and parents have kids at home to feed three meals a day to,” she said.
“We know that the postal service employees work extra hard on the day of collection,” Ragsdale said thankfully. “They have to make several trips back to the post office while on their route to unload the groceries, weigh them and report results to their regional office. It’s just a lot of extra work for them, and we want to say how much we appreciate them.”  
Rebecca’s Pantry is a 501c3 faith based food ministry that has been giving to the community since 2007. Anyone can make a non-perishable food or monetary donation by coming by the West Side Baptist Church office Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. All donations made are tax deductible.
Those in need of assistance from the pantry will need to bring proof of income, a photo I.D. and a utility bill. West Side Baptist Church is located at 712 W. Main St. in Atlanta.

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