By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Preston postmaster Val Porter said 6,400 pounds of food were collected by postal carriers across Franklin County on Saturday as part of a National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive campaign.
The Stamp Out Hunger drive is a nationwide effort to provide items 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.
All food collected locally has been delivered to the Preston Community Food Bank in Preston, said Porter.
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 provided 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. “I think some of the increase in this year’s collection was because of the bags Stokes donated. Last year we had no bags for the drive.
“We sent out reminder notices in the mail last week. Sometimes people just ignore those. But when they see an empty bag in their mailbox they realize it’s something a little different. We’re pleased with the amount that was collected this year and want to thank area residents for their cooperation.”
Porter said the postal service fully supports the local food pantry and has a partnership with them.
This story is sponsored by Strictly Ballroom Company.
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