The Edmond Sun

May 9, 2013

Letter carriers plan 129-city food drive Saturday


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — On Saturday, letter carriers in 129 cities in central and western Oklahoma — including in Edmond — will help “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting nonperishable food donations from households on their route. This is part of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. In Edmond, donations will benefit HOPE Center of Edmond, Route 66 Project and Edmond Grace Fellowship.

To help “Stamp Out Hunger,” fill the plastic donation bag received in mailboxes the week of May 6, or any plastic bag, with nonperishable food donations and place it by a mailbox on Saturday. Most needed items include: canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and rice and beans. Monetary donations can also be made online at regionalfooodbank.org or by calling 604-7109. Every dollar donated will provide five meals for a hungry Oklahoman.

“A client in her early 60s is working a full-time job as a home health nurse,” shared one partner agency of the Regional Food Bank. “She is raising her son’s three kids and sister’s two kids after they passed away. She has five children under 18 and works, but still needs help. She comes to our food pantry to receive groceries to help her out. She is very grateful for the food we are able to give her.”

Nonperishable food donations also can be dropped off at participating post offices and Oklahoma City fire stations.

Last year, the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive raised 806,068 pounds of food and $1.07 million for hungry Oklahomans. This year, the Regional Food Bank hopes to collect enough food and monetary donations to keep pace with the demand for food assistance, which continues to rise.

For more information about the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” effort, ask your letter carrier, contact a local post office, or call Angie Gaines at 405-604-7109 or email againes@regionalfoodbank.org. More information also can be found at regionalfoodbank.org, facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or twitter.com/rfbo.