By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Preston postmaster Val Porter is reminding area residents that postal carriers will be collecting food donations this Saturday when they deliver mail, along with their counterparts across the country, in the National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive.
The Stamp Out Hunger drive is a nationwide effort to provide food to local food banks and pantries that would otherwise have depleted stocks during the summer months and are experiencing universal increases in demand for emergency food assistance due to the on-going difficult economy.
Porter said local sponsors this year are The Preston Citizen, KACH Radio, Big J Burgers and Pizza Villa, Preston Community Food Bank and Stokes MarketPlace, which is a major sponsor and will provide all bags for the drive.
“Last year our count was only 2,800 pounds of food, compared with 7,500 pounds the year before,” he said. The drop was apparently due to the fact we had no bags for the drive last year. So we hope things will be on the upswing.”
Porter said this year all the food collected locally will be sent to the Preston Food Pantry. “We fully support our local food pantry and have a partnership with them,” he said. This is the only day family members of letter carriers are allowed to go on the collection routes. Their help is needed for the effort.”
“Just leave a bag of non-perishable food where your letter carrier normally delivers your mail. Your letter carrier will then pick up and deliver the food to the Post office where it will be weighed. Local Food Pantry officials will then take it to the local pantry on West Oneida,” he said.
Porter said to find out more about the Stamp Out Hunger effort in Franklin County ask a letter carrier, contact the post office at 852-0263, visit either www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger or follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.
This story is sponsored by Willow Valley Urgent Care and The Preston Citizen Bookstore.
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