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Letter carriers to collect food donations Saturday

By Sonny Long
May 5, 2010 at 12:05 a.m.


HELPING OUTSIDE VICTORIA COUNTY

"Stamp Out Hunger!" food collection drives for postal customers in Edna, Hallettsville, Port Lavaca, Cuero and Yoakum will also be held on Saturday, said Tim Castner, National Association of Letter Carriers coordinator. Local food pantries will receive those donations. Supporting the drive this year are Campbell Soup Company, the U.S. Postal Service, Feeding America, Valpak, the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, the AFL-CIO and United Way Worldwide.

Letter carriers in Victoria County will be doing their part to help stamp out hunger as they collect food Saturday for the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent.

Dennis Brown, executive director of the Food Bank, is asking more Victoria County residents to help, too.

"One in eight people in Victoria County is facing hunger or hunger insecurity," Brown said.

The National Association of Letter Carriers annual "Stamp Out Hunger!" food collection drive is the largest food drive of the year and extremely important to the Food Bank, Brown said.

Food collected by Victoria County postal workers goes to 32 agencies that assist the hungry in the county through the Food Bank.

Last year the drive raised 12,106 pounds of food. Brown said that 1.5 pounds of food will provide a hearty meal.

If the poundage collected was increased to 25,000 pounds, 16,666 meals could be provided to needy families in Victoria County, said Brown.

About one in four people facing hunger issues is a child, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's annual study measuring food security nationwide.

Postal customers are asked to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday. Letter carriers will then collect the donations along their routes.

"Our postal workers work really hard on this and get very little attention or credit for their good deed," Brown said. "They contribute significantly to the fight against hunger. A day without hunger is a good thing."

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