Tue, April 07

Letter carrier Stamp Out Hunger drive planned May 12

The Annual "STAMP OUT HUNGER" food drive will take place May 12, with the help of rural letter carriers, other postal employees, and numerous volunteers, according to Brian Boudreau of the National Association of Letter Carriers. "It has resulted in over one billion pounds of donations to community food banks and pantries over the past 19 years, including 70.2 million pounds in 2011," said Boudreau.

Letter Carriers and volunteers will collect non-perishable food donations left at mail boxes and in post offices for delivery to local food banks.

This year it will benefit the Old Town Mission, Central Arizona Food Bank, Cornville Food Bank, and the Sedona Food Bank.

The need is there. According to all the local food banks the numbers are increasing daily. Beverly Riordan of the Old Town Mission commented, 'Our numbers are growing on a daily basis; on one day alone, we had 11 families and individuals sign up for our services. Your donation of a can of food can help provide nourishment for our clients, and I want to thank you now for participating in this great event."

Sandy Craven of the Cornville Food Bank stated, "If everybody pitches in, it makes for a very successful food drive and goes to help those in need...and we have plenty of folks in need."

Barrels will be placed at post offices throughout the Verde Valley including Rimrock, Cornville, Sedona, Clarkdale, and Cottonwood.

In addition, "Thank You" bags will be delivered to mailboxes. If you don't receive a bag just leave the canned goods in a shopping bag by your mailbox and crews will pick them up.

The local organizations that benefit from the food drive want to thank the National Association of Letter Carriers for their efforts and ask the public to pitch in and help "STAMP OUT HUNGER" on May 12th by donating non-perishable food items for those in need.

For more information please contact Robert B. Goode, Acting Director of the Old Town Mission, at 634-2977.

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