2018-05-10 / News

Mailmen will collect food this Saturday

For more than a quarter century, letter carriers with the U.S. Postal Service have been collecting food for their hungry neighbors. Mailmen in town are no exception, although donations have dwindled in recent years.

According to postman TJay Short, the goal always has been to collect and donate 2,000 pounds of food. In 2016, however, the letters carriers only collected 1,800 pounds. Last spring, that number dropped another 200 pounds.

“We are grateful for everything we get,” said Short, who has participated in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive for 19 years. “But it would be great to get back to that 2,000-pound mark. I’d love to see that happen.”

The donations, Short said, stay in town. They are delivered to the food pantry at St. Mark Church, which is short on supplies following the winter holidays. Moreover, with summer arriving, Short said many of the school’s meal programs are suspended, which means food shortages will start affecting children.

To stamp out hunger, Short and his fellow members of the National Association of Letter Carriers are asking homeowners to leave a bag of nonperishable food near their mailboxes Saturday. The mailmen will collect the bags, weigh the catch and deliver the donations.

The top requested items are cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned soups, juice, peanut butter, oatmeal, olive oil, macaroni and cheese, canned protein, including tuna, chicken and turkey, and canned or dry beans.

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