Delivering help for those in need
Published 10:29 pm Monday, May 8, 2017
Suffolk residents can help people struggling for food by participating in a hassle-free food drive on Saturday.
The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this Saturday. Letter carriers will partner with The Food Bank of Albemarle, the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore to collect food in the largest single-day food drive in the country.
“We’re in a downturn where our donations are very low, but we’re approaching a time when students are getting out of school and some of them will not be able to get the food they need daily,” said Taylor Miller, community engagement coordinator at the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore in Norfolk.
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Supporters can donate canned and dry goods to support the food banks and help hungry community members. Bags were delivered in the mail recently, and participants can place their donations in the bags and place them by their mailboxes Saturday morning.
“It’s an easy way to get engaged,” said Todd Emmett, communications manager at the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. “You can just set it out by your mailbox. It’s easy and breezy and it’s something everyone can do.”
Letter carriers will pick up the bags during their mail routes. The donations will then be delivered to local food banks and distributed throughout the community with the help of the Salvation Army, Red Cross and other community partners.
“We will distribute the food to our community partners, who will then distribute it throughout their local communities,” Miller said.
Suffolk collected 8,496 pounds of food for 7,080 meals last year, according to Miller. The drive has provided more than 1.5 million meals in Southeastern Virginia since 2004.
Miller said their motto is “fill a bag, feed a family.”
“It shows how easy it is to give back to your local community,” she said.
Go online at www.localfoodbanks.org for more information.