POMEROY — “Fill a bag, feed families” is the theme of the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food collection drive that Pomeroy mail carriers stage every year.
The will collect food items Saturday to be donated to the Meigs Cooperative Parish, which handles the distribution to families in the county who are experiencing a shortage of money with which to buy food.
This year is the 22nd anniversary of the national one-day drive to collect food to alleviate hunger. Last year, Pomeroy mail carriers collected 1,731 pounds of food.
Residents are asked to contribute non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, canned meats and fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal, spaghetti and rice to the food drive. However, donations are not to include anything in glass containers.
The mail carriers are asking residents to place their sack of food contributions near the mailbox for pickup by the carriers around the time they usually deliver the mail. For those who miss the Saturday pickup, bags of food can be delivered to the post office.
Last week, Pomeroy Mayor Jackie Welker signed a proclamation designating May 10, as the mail carriers day for collecting food for families in need. He encourages Meigs County residents to support the program that has as its goal to “Stamp out Hunger.”