Karysa Kent

Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

by Karysa Kent on May 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The National Association of Letter Carriers is holding their 25th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

May 13, 2017 the community is being asked to leave brown paper bags of non-perishable food by their mail box. From there the local mail carriers will take the bag of food to the Muskingum County Fairgrounds. Eastside Community Ministries Executive Director Jamie Trout said food will then be donated to the Muskingum County Hunger Network which is made up of 15 pantries and 4 hot meal programs.

“We start about 2:00 P.M. and the Post Office starts delivering the food that they’re collecting and right then and there it gets broken off into all the food pantries and we take it back to the pantries and start serving it the very next week,” Trout said. “So it’s just a real instant and incredible thing actually.”

For those who don’t have a mail box on location they can deliver the donated food to any local Post Office, official postal vehicle, and or leave the food by the mail slot connected to the house. Trout said this has been a long time relationship with the United States Postal Service and the Hunger Network is grateful to have their support.

According to the National Association of Letter Carriers food drive home page the past 24 national food drives have raised more than 1.5 billion pounds of food for local pantries throughout the United States.

For any questions regarding the food drive go to nalc.org and click the ‘Community Service’ tab followed by the ‘Food Drive Home Page’ link on the right hand side of the screen.