The Edmond Sun

May 6, 2013

LETTER: Postal carriers seek to ‘Stamp out Hunger’


The Edmond Sun

OKLA. CITY — To the Editor:

On Saturday, help your letter carrier “Stamp Out Hunger” by leaving canned food donations by your mailbox. In Edmond, donations benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s partner agencies HOPE Center of Edmond, Route 66 Project and Edmond Grace Fellowship. This effort is part of the 21st annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, which is the largest one-day food drive in America.

Together, we can solve hunger in Oklahoma. All we ask is that you put canned food items in the plastic bag you receive this week, or any plastic bag, and place it by your mailbox on Saturday before your letter carrier arrives. Most needed items include: peanut butter and canned meats, vegetables and fruit. Your letter carrier will pick up your donations and take them to the Post Office, where the food will be sorted and delivered to the Regional Food Bank and its partner agencies.

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 going to bed hungry every night, we can’t afford to sit idly by.

Every can donated makes a difference in the lives of those who are struggling with hunger. If you would prefer to make a financial contribution to the Regional Food Bank, visit their virtual food drive at www.regionalfoodbank.org/virtual-food-drive. Every dollar donated provided 5 meals.

Letter carriers are supported in this humanitarian endeavor 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.

 

James Bryant and Steve Riggs

Oklahoma City




JAMES BRYANT is the Oklahoma City Postmaster and STEVE RIGGS is past president, Branch 458, National Association of Letter carriers Oklahoma City.