Postal workers pick up food for hungry

Posted May 11, 2008

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— Postal carriers collected more than 240,000 pounds of food from doorsteps across central and eastern North Carolina on Saturday as part of the nation's largest single-day food drive.

Locally, the 16th annual Stamp Out Hunger Drive, organized by the United States Postal Service, benefited the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, which has warehouses in Raleigh, Durham, Southern Pines, Greenville and Wilmington.

Food bank officials said the donated food will provide more than 200,000 meals.

"Hunger continues to be a vital issue in this country," William H. Young, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said in a news release.

"Many Americans may miss the faces of hunger, but we see it daily out on our routes," Young continued. "The problem is hunger can strike anyone – the elderly, the working class and even innocent children."

Overall, local donations increased by 13,000 pounds, said food-bank officials.

Raleigh lead the way with 167,000 pounds donated, while Durham came in second with 32,000 pounds.

Postal workers collected nearly 19,000 pounds in Wilmington, more than 11,00 in the Sandhills and close to 10,000 in Greenville.

The national food drive took place in more than 10,000 communities. In 2007, it raised more than 71 million pounds of food.

In 2007, the food bank distributed more than 32.6 million pounds of food through 870 partner agencies.

Food bank officials said nearly 450,000 people do not have access to adequate food resources in the 34-county area it serves, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2006 estimates. That number is up from around 400,000 in the U.S. Census' 2003 estimates.


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  • GrnEydSher May 13, 2008

    I placed my canned food in a bag and put it at the mailbox. He shoved it to the back of the box and placed my mail in front of it. I tried!!

  • others07 May 13, 2008

    I applaud the postal workers efforts to collect food, however, I feel their postcard was a bit misleading. People are led to believe the food given stays in the community. In fact it goes to Raleigh and local pantries have to buy the food back from the NC Food Bank. It would be much more efficient if residents would simply donate food to local pantries to begin with. It would save gas in having to transport food & save local pantry dollars. As a pastor of a small-town church in Johnston Co., my church is in a community partnership to operate a food pantry. We assist an average of 50 families per month. I have spoken to many residents in our town that assumed the food they were giving was supporting our local pantry. They were surprised to learn we had to buy the food back from the Food Bank. Please understand, this is not sour grapes. I have no problem supporting the NC Food Bank. Maybe the PO should simply state on their postcard "Stamp out Hunger to support the NC Food Bank."

  • ncguy May 12, 2008

    I gave- the postman was very appreciative!

  • CestLaVie May 12, 2008

    Darn - forgot about this effort, even though I meant to put something out by my mailbox. WAY TOO MUCH to do last Saturday - didn't help matters in wanting to remember.