Stamp Out Hunger will take place on Saturday, May 11. To participate, residents are asked to leave non-perishable food items for donation in sight of letter carriers. STAFF
Photo: Samantha Grier
Photo: Samantha Grier

Springfield food bank teams with letter carriers to ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

One of the largest one-day food drives in the country, Stamp Out Hunger coordinated by U.S. Postal Service letter carriers on Saturday, will include Clark County.

To participate in the food drive, Clark County residents can place non-perishable food products in a bag and leave it in plain view of where the letter carrier delivers mail to your home.

“In 2018, 17,303 pounds of food was collected in just one day, that’s an awesome demonstration of generosity from the residents of Clark County and phenomenal dedication displayed by our local letter carriers,” said Tyra Jackson, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties.

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The nationwide event will be sponsored locally by the Springfield Post Office. Between 100 and 110 letter carriers will be collecting non-perishable food items along their delivery routes.

Food collected will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

“Our wish list of items for this year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive include boxed mac and cheese or other boxed pasta products, canned fruits and canned meats,” Jackson said. “These are the items most frequently requested from our member agencies and clients.”

Second Harvest Food Bank is currently in the process of becoming a locally operated nonprofit. The transition began in October of last year.

The food bank plays a key role in providing assistance for residents who don’t always have access to healthy food options, like offering several programs geared to provide nutritious meals to children and an on-site pantry at the Second Harvest office located at 701 E. Columbia St.

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Fredric Rolando, National Association of Letter Carriers president, said letter carriers are privileged to be able to help out those in need.

“At least six days a week, letter carriers see firsthand the needs of the communities they work in,” Rolando said in a press release. “We’re privileged to be able to help out those in need.”

Stamp Out Hunger is held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

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