POINT PLEASANT — For 20 years now, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive has been helping collect items for local food pantries all across the country, and has once again come to Point Pleasant.
On Saturday, May 12, letter carriers from the Point Pleasant Post Office will be gathering donated food items that will eventually be given to the Point Pleasant Food Pantry at the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. Letter carrier Mark Georgi stated this annual event, which is always held the second Saturday of May, is a long standing tradition for the post office in an attempt to help feed those in need in the community.
“Times are pretty tough right now for a lot of people,” Georgi said.
He went on to say these tough times aren’t only affecting Mason County, but the whole country. There are people who in the past have always donated to food banks, and now rely on food banks to feed their families.
“It’s important now more than ever for people to donate,” he added.
Those wishing to donate to the Stamp Out Hunger food drive can simply fill a bag with non-perishable food items and leave it where your letter carrier normally delivers your mail. Items can include canned soup, canned fish and meat, canned vegetables, fruit, and juices, boxed goods, such as cereal, and pasta and rice.
According to a press release, nearly 49 million Americans, including 16 million children, struggle with hunger. These people often include normal, everyday men and women who cannot make ends meet and have to go without food for several meals, and possibly days. Celebrating 20 years, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is also the nation’s largest single day-food drive. More than one billion pounds of food has been collected since 1993, and in 2011, Americans donated 70.2 million pounds of food, making it the eight consecutive year this drive has collected more than 70 million pounds of food.
For more information on the Stamp Out Hunger food Drive, contact your letter carrier or your local post office, or visit www.helpstampouthunger.com.