PO needs help to stamp out hunger
by Rory Doyle
May 05, 2013 | 1799 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Saturday, the U.S. Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers will deliver for America in conducting the nation’s largest single-day food drive.

Last year, carriers collected 70.7 million pounds of food nationally. Nearly 1.2 billion pounds of food have been collected since the food drive began in 1993.

The Cleveland Post Office will be active in the campaign, as it has since 2006.

Ric Grant, supervisor of customer services in Cleveland, said the valuable movement plays a big role locally.

"The best part about it is that all the food that's donated stays here in Bolivar County," said Grant. "We pick up all the food, bring it back to the office and then it goes to Helping Hands (of Cleveland)."

Grant said in pervious years the office has delivered reminder cards to all addresses, but this year bags will be dropped off directly at residents' homes.

"All people have to do is fill up the bags with food and put it back out by their mailboxes — we'll do the rest when we pick it up," said Grant.

Residents are asked to leave only nonperishable food in the bags, ideally, goods such as canned soup, vegetables, fruits and meats, pasta, rice or cereal.

Grant said the weekend of the event will be busy with graduations and Mother's Day, and he encouraged participants to drop off food before May 11 if plans are made to be out of town.

Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe said in a press release that the Postal Service is proud to play a major role with its carriers, corporate partners and local community organizations to help stamp out hunger.

“Together, we are continuing to make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans in need,” said Donahoe.

Mississippi District employees have provided ongoing support for this worthwhile cause, both by picking up food while delivering along their routes and by leaving food by their personal mailboxes.

Also participating in the drive are Boyle, Delta State University and Pace.

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, ask a letter carrier, contact the local post office or visit either www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.