POMEROY — The Pomeroy Post Office is once again participating in “Stamp Out Hunger” on Saturday, May 14. That’s when letter carriers across the nation will be collecting food for families in need.
The food drive is part of the national Associations of Letter Carriers efforts to “Stamp Out Hunger,” and they are asking people on their routes to donate food items to the cause.
Nationwide, 71 million pounds were collected in 2015 and over 1 billion pounds have been collected in the past 22 years. More than 1,000 pounds of food were collected in Pomeroy during last year’s collection.
Jim Pullins, chairperson of the effort, and Jan Davis, a rural mail carrier, both in the Pomeroy office, have been collecting food for National Food Day the past 23 years.
When Pullins began collecting donations for the Village of Pomeroy, he was still delivering mail on foot. Now, he drives a van, making it easier to collect the donations.
Rural mail routes in Pomeroy were not originally involved in the food drive. According to Davis, people began placing food items in their mailboxes on her route. Now they are included in the food drive, and she said it was wonderful to see how giving people were on her route.
While Pullins believes people in the community are still generous, he said there has been a decrease in the amount of food collected in the past few years nationwide, possibly due to the economic difficulties many people are experiencing.
“But that’s when donations are needed most,” he said. “And the food stays in the community.”
He said collected food and cash will be donated to the Meigs Cooperative Parish.
It is easy to donate; just place a bag with your donation beside the mailbox. Pomeroy carriers will pick up the bags during Saturday’s mail delivery.
Also, many mailboxes will receive a postcard with information on “Stamp Out Hunger.”
Donations will also be accepted at the Pomeroy Post Office through May 16. Non-perishable items and cash donations are accepted; no glass items.
For more information, contact the Pomeroy Post Office at 740-992-2235.
Reach Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 ext. 2551