USPS Food Drive is Saturday


Just set some food beside your mailbox

By Jeff Gilliland - jgilliland@timesgazette.com



Winners of the Hillsboro Post Office Stamp Out Hunger Poster Contest are shown in this picture.

Winners of the Hillsboro Post Office Stamp Out Hunger Poster Contest are shown in this picture.


Submitted photo

If you checked your mail this week you likely received a card or paper grocery bag asking you take part in a food drive. It’s all part of the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive and collection day is Saturday.

Hillsboro Postmaster Curtis Pegram said local residents are encouraged to fill up a bag, set it near their mailbox, and local mail carriers, with help from extra people, will pick it up.

Pegram said the local post office has been participating in the food drive for about 11 years. He said the first year the Hillsboro Post Office picked about 300 pounds of food to donate to area food pantries.

“I was embarrassed and said, ‘We’re going to do a lot better,’” Pegram said.

He said the record collection for the local area since that time is 22,000 pounds of food.

Originally, the collected food was divided between local food pantries. But Pegram said it is now given to New Life Ministries just outside of Hillsboro, which gives out food weekly to anyone that comes asking. It also delivers food to surrounding areas.

“About 25,000 people each week get some type of food product from that ministry,” Pegram said.

Part of the Hillsboro area food drive is an annual poster contest for students in grades 2-5 to raise awareness of the need many have for food. Pegram said that through next week the posters, except for those belonging to the top contest winners, are lining the walls of the Hillsboro Post Office.

This year’s winners were:

5th Grade

1st place — Kobie Miles

2nd place — Isabell Moore

3rd place — Jayna Florence

4th Grade

1st place — Carys Langston

2nd place — Brynne Holsted

3rd place — Troy Gregory

3rd place — Dartanyen Stovall

3rd Grade

1st place — Teegan Joachimi

2nd place — Noah Main

3rd place — Dougie Thackson

2nd Grade

1st place — Abby Anderson

2nd place — Emmalee Young

Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation, according to the United States Postal Service.

Led by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers, with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food the past 25 years, the USPS said.

Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved.

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

“With 42 million people facing hunger every day in America, including 13 million children, this drive is one way you can help those in your own city or town who need help,” the USPS said in a news release.

Reach Jeff Gilliland at 937-402-2522.

Winners of the Hillsboro Post Office Stamp Out Hunger Poster Contest are shown in this picture.
https://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2019/05/web1_Poster-contest-pic.jpgWinners of the Hillsboro Post Office Stamp Out Hunger Poster Contest are shown in this picture. Submitted photo
Just set some food beside your mailbox

By Jeff Gilliland

jgilliland@timesgazette.com