WILLIAMSON – Williamson residents opened their hearts and pantries this weekend; donating more than four thousand pounds of non- perishable food items to the National Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
Matthew Newsome, Customer Service Supervisor with the Williamson Post Office, reported Monday that Williamson residents donated approximately 4,544 pounds of non-perishable food items to the food drive.
“I have worked here for 15 years and this is the most food we have collected since I have been here,” Newsome stated. “All of this food came from Williamson addresses,” Newsome added.
Newsome also explained that the collected items will be delivered to local food banks. “This food will benefit local food banks and local people,” Newsome said.
This weekend’s event marked the 25th anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger food drive which is held each year on the second weekend in May.
This year, a brown paper bag appeared in Williamson resident’s mail boxes requesting that the bag be filled with non-perishable food items and placed next to their mailbox. Donated items were collected by mail carriers Saturday, May 13. The bag requested that residents donate healthy, non-perishable, low-sodium, low sugar items such as canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, 100 percent fruit juices, soups, cereals, canned meats, pasta, pasta sauce, canned tuna and oatmeal.
On the NALC website, a link is provided to an article that appeared in the Postal Record May 2017 edition which explains the history of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. The article states, “ More than 25 years ago, then-NALC President Vincent Sombrotto brought together letter carriers, the U.S. Postal Service and the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) with the idea of putting on a nationwide food drive. Over the span of its lifetime so far, the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive has collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food, helping countless Americans when they needed it most. Since the drive began, letter carriers in every part of the country have worked with family members, friends, other postal co-workers and allies to use the second Saturday in May as a day to give something back to the communities where we live and serve.”
Sponsors of this event include the NALC, the United States Postal Service, United Way, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Valassis, American Unions (AFL-CIO), Valpak, local food pantries, and the AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons), as well as numerous businesses .
For more information on the Stamp Out Hunger food drive visit www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger.
Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.