Nichole Hannahs

Stamping out Hunger in Muskingum County

by Nichole Hannahs on May 8, 2010 at 3:55 am

Postal workers along with Zanesville Mayor Howard Zwelling and Congressman Zack Space take a step towards stamping out of hunger in our area.

Saturday, mail carriers from around the county collected donations of food left by residents mailboxes. Organizers say on average our area donates 23-thousand pounds of food during the drive. All of which is given to our eighteen local food pantries.

"There’s a lot of people that would not eat if it weren’t for the collection of food and the distribution of food to the food pantries," said Zanesville Mayor Howard Zwelling.

Congressman Space said it’s cause for concern to have eighteen food pantries in our area, which speaks to a growing group, the working poor.

"It’s something we’ll have to deal with in other ways as well," said Space. "We need to stimulate the economic development, build infrastructure, enhancing the educational system, but Zanesville has responded and Muskingum County has responded."

Once the food is collected it will be taken to the Old Maysvile High School and distributed. This event is part of the Operation Feed Campaign.