Mail carriers teaming up with public to ‘Stamp out Hunger’ on May 9

Food donations: FISH opens at new site at Our Redeemer Church, Tucker Rd.

The largest one-day food drive in the nation is coming to Hood River Valley next week.

Local city and rural mail carriers will join the annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) “Stamp Out Hunger” event on Saturday May 9.

To donate, place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail next Saturday.

Mail carriers and Cub Scouts from Pack 282 will do the rest. The teams will pick up the donations and deliver them to three food banks in the Hood River Valley. Rural postal carriers are also donating time to collect food.

“The local food banks really rely on this food drive as stock seems to run low this time of year,” said food drive organizer Barbara Williams, a USPS retiree who is coordinating the local drive.

FISH volunteers were busy over the past two weeks moving food as well as most coolers, freezers and other appliances and equipment from the June Street site to the new location, in time for opening on Monday on Tucker Road, next to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Food was kept at June Street for Saturday’s final distribution day at the Concordia Lutheran Church.

According to an April written release by the United States Postal Service, 49 million people face hunger every day in America, including nearly 16 million children. More than 58 percent of students in the Hood River County School District qualified for free or reduced lunch.

The NALC-coordinated “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive spans 10,000 cities and towns across America, and has delivered more than one billion pounds of food over the last 22 years.

Local postal customers will receive cards and bags with information about the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive in the mail by May 7. Carriers and Cub Scouts will pick up the filled bags on Saturday May 9.

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