The Edmond Sun

May 9, 2014

Letter carriers’ food drive needs your support


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — To the Editor:

Help your letter carrier “Stamp Out Hunger” by leaving a plastic bag filled with canned food donations by your mailbox today. In Edmond, donations benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s partner agencies HOPE Center of Edmond and Route 66 Project. This effort is part of the 22nd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, which is the largest one-day food drive in America.

A few cans of food may not seem like much to you, but it can literally be the difference between a mother feeding her children or sending them to bed hungry. Most needed items include: peanut butter, canned meats, vegetables and fruit. Your letter carrier will deliver a plastic bag to your mailbox this week. Simply leave the bag, or any plastic bag, filled with canned food by your mailbox on Saturday morning and your letter carrier will do the rest.

Since 1993, letter carriers in central and western Oklahoma have collected more than 7.1 million pounds of food to feed the hungry in our state. Right now, food donations to the Regional Food Bank are down by 3.4 million pounds — that’s the equivalent of 2.8 million meals. We need your help to restock the shelves and ensure hungry Oklahomans are fed!

The United States Postal Service fully supports the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive and is committed to assisting the letter carriers in this great endeavor. As letter carriers, we are honored to have this opportunity to help feed our hungry Oklahoma neighbors.

The faces of hunger are not just the poor and the homeless. The majority of those served by the Regional Food Bank are the working poor, seniors living on fixed incomes and children. Many working parents find themselves living paycheck to paycheck and have to make difficult decisions about whether to pay their bills or put food on the table. Letter carriers are often among the first to know when a family is struggling to make ends meet, as we are the ones to deliver the past-due and cut-off notices.

With one in four children in our state struggling with hunger, we can’t afford to sit idly by. If children don’t eat, they cannot function cognitively, behaviorally or socially — and that puts the future of our community, state and country at risk.

When you fill your donation bags on May 10, you will be changing faces of hunger into faces of hope. Every can donated makes a difference. If you would prefer to make a financial contribution to the Regional Food Bank, visit their regionalfoodbank.org. Every dollar donated provides the equivalent of five meals.

Together, we can “Stamp Out Hunger” in Oklahoma!

Letter carriers are supported by Devon Energy. This humanitarian endeavor is made possible by the National Association of Letter Carriers, National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the United Way, Campbell’s Soup Company, Valpak, the AFL-CIO, Feeding America and most importantly of all, the United States Postal Service workers.

 

James Bryant and Steve Riggs

Oklahoma City



JAMES BRYANT is Oklahoma City Postmaster and Steve Riggs is past president, Branch 458, National Association of Letter carriers Oklahoma City.