Letter carrier food drive this Saturday


For the 20th year, Springfield Branch 45 of the National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with the U.S. Post Office and the AFL-CIO, will participate in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

The effort takes place on Saturday and will help needy families in Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties. All the food collected will be sent to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

“We’re just trying to fill up the food bank,” said Barb Eggers, Second Harvest client services supervisor. She pointed out this is a slow time of the year for donations, and they are also looking to stock up for the summer, when schools will be out and the demand for help from the food bank rises.

Eggers said the public can participate in the food drive by placing bags of canned goods and other non-perishable food items near mailboxes on walking routes or in mailboxes on rural routes. Food donations can also be dropped off at the food bank, 701 E. Columbia St., from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Organizers ask that you not bring food to the Post Office.

Last year, more than 26,000 pounds of food was collected locally and the goal is to at least match that total this year. Eggers said as much as 38,000 thousand pounds has been collected in the past, but the total has dropped in recent years.

Anna Plataniotis, community engagement supervisor at the food bank, indicated “when the economy goes down, it’s harder for people to donate.”

At the same time, the need for more donations has increased.

Postal employees will also be conducting similar food drives on Saturday in surrounding communities, including New Carlisle, Enon, Northridge and South Charleston.

“All the food donations are distributed in the areas where they are collected,” Plataniotis said.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Investigation into Natalee Holloway’s disappearance leads to discovery of human remains
Investigation into Natalee Holloway’s disappearance leads to discovery of human remains

Twelve years after her unsolved disappearance, human remains have been discovered in connection to a search for Natalee Holloway. Her father, Dave Holloway, and private investigator T.J. Ward announced on Wednesday’s episode of “TODAY” that an 18-month investigation, which was documented for an Oxygen show that airs Sunday...
Confederate monument in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles removed
Confederate monument in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles removed

The Long Beach chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy has removed a monument to the Confederacy at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. KABC reported that many were unaware that the Confederate memorial was in the cemetery. It was installed in 1925. “The Daughters said we are a benevolent organization. We didn’t seek this attention....
2 Antioch students witness car attack in Charlottesville
2 Antioch students witness car attack in Charlottesville

Two Antioch College students in Charlottesville said they never will forget what they saw when protests turned deadly. “People were running in every direction. It was like a bomb had gone off. It was chaos, it was pandemonium,” said Spencer Glazer, a photojournalism major who wanted to document Saturday’s event. Glazer and Daniel...
Man shoots himself in heart with nail gun, drives to hospital
Man shoots himself in heart with nail gun, drives to hospital

Doug Bergeson is your typical construction worker, except he’s got a story that would make even the most hardened roofer shudder. The Peshtigo, Wisconsin man was working on a fireplace when his nail gun accidentally fired and a 3.5-inch nail sunk dangerously close to his heart. A graphic photo of the image shows just how disturbing the situation...
1 hit by vehicle and killed on U.S. 40, east of Springfield
1 hit by vehicle and killed on U.S. 40, east of Springfield

UPDATE @ 9:55 p.m.:  A woman is dead after she stepped out of her car, which was parked along the shoulder of westbound U.S. 40 east of Springfield, and was struck by a passing vehicle.  That passing vehicle also sideswiped the victim's car, and the driver of the passing vehicle stopped a short distance after the impact.  Investigators...
More Stories