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Food collected during the Stamp Out Hunger food drive this Saturday (5/11) will stay local. Items picked up by letter carriers in Springfield will go to Victory Mission, the Salvation Army and Grand Oak Mission. Food collected in other communities will go to food pantries there.
Last year, the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch #203 collected 122,000 pounds of food in the Ozarks region. Stamp Out Hunger chair Howie Cunningham says there’s no goal as far as pounds of food this year—the only goal, he says, is to collect enough food so that no one goes hungry.
He says the drive comes at a perfect time…
"With summer coming on, kids are out of school, people on vacation and so forth, the food pantries are low right now, so this really stocks them until the fall comes," he said.
If you’d like to donate items, simply put them by your mailbox on Saturday or drop them off at your local post office.
Cunningham says they’ll take a variety of things…
"Canned meats, canned fruits, bath soaps, diapers for kids, those type of things that somebody who--will help stretch their dollars to get them through the summer," he said.
Jim Harriger is executive director of Victory Mission, one of the organization’s that will benefit from Stamp Out Hunger. He says the drive helps meet a significant need in our community…
"In our food pantry we will see 65 families today. We do that five days a week all through the year. As summer comes, which it's going to come--the kids are out of school next week--families will be coming to the food pantries, not only Victory Mission but the Salvation Army, Grand Oak Mission. This food makes a difference all summer long," he said.
Volunteers will be needed on Saturday at the Salvation Army to help sort and stock the donated items. Check with your local food pantry to see if help is needed there.
For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.