The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, May 10, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The United States Postal Service's 21st annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive is set for Saturday, May 11.
The national food drive will not only benefit Heavenly Manna in Rocky Mount this year, but Feeding America Southwest Virginia (FASWVA) Food Bank as well.
Residents are asked to place bags of non-perishable food items at their mailboxes to be collected by mail carriers for delivery to local food pantries.
Examples of non-perishable food items include peanut butter, canned soups, canned vegetables, boxed cereal, pasta and rice.
The postal service asks that items be ready for pick-up early on Saturday morning and hung on mailboxes if the bag is not too heavy. If the bags are heavy, double-bagging is requested, and the bags can be placed on the ground next to the mailbox.
Last year, the Rocky Mount, Boones Mill, Penhook and Union Hall post offices collected over 25,000 pounds of food, the largest amount collected in over 15 years, according to then Rocky Mount acting postmaster, Sonny Pruitt.
"It took four trailers and half a day to carry the food to (the food bank)," said Pruitt.
All county post offices will be participating this year. Food can also be dropped off in the post office lobbies.
Callaway post office will not be collecting food at mailboxes; however, they will be accepting food donations inside their lobby.
Heavenly Manna currently serves approximately 600 area families a month with the number of needy families increasing during the holiday months.
Since 1981, FASWVA has provided millions of pounds of food and related products to hundreds of partner agencies that have served hundreds of thousands of individuals in need of emergency food assistance, according to its website.
Without the food bank's distribution program, there would be severe and detrimental effects on the disadvantaged families and individuals living in Southwest communities, the website said.
"The post office personnel, letter carriers and local food banks all thank the community for their support in feeding those in need with this food drive," said event organizers.