Post offices collecting food May 14

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Messenger photo by Mike Munden London Post Office employees Bob Lloyd (left) and Bryce Bryan gear up for the May 15 Stamp Out Hunger food drive. They and their co-workers hope to fill several mail bins with food donated by residents on their delivery routes.
Messenger photo by Mike Munden
London Post Office employees Bob Lloyd (left) and Bryce Bryan gear up for the May 15 Stamp Out Hunger food drive. They and their co-workers hope to fill several mail bins with food donated by residents on their delivery routes.

(Posted May 12, 2016)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

On May 14, outgoing mail won’t be the only thing U.S. Post Office workers collect as they make their usual rounds.

Across the country and right here in Madison County, the National Association of Letter Carriers is holdings its annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the largest single-day food drive in the country.

On that Saturday, postal customers are asked to leave bags of non-perishable food items by their mailboxes prior to their normal mail delivery time. Letter carriers will pick up the donations and distribute them to local food pantries.

“That’s what’s beautiful about it. Everything stays local,” said Coburn Morgan, coordinator of the collection effort for the West Jefferson post office.

Four post offices in Madison County are taking part in the drive: London, Mount Sterling, Plain City and West Jefferson. In all four cases, both the in-town and rural route carriers will pick up food. Customers on those routes also can drop off food at their respective post offices.

Canned and boxed items (no glass) will be accepted. Examples include canned meat and fish, soup, juice, vegetables, pasta, cereal, peanut butter, and rice.

The food drive is held annually the second Saturday in May. The first national drive was held in 1993. The 2015 drive gathered 70.6 million pounds of food, bringing the grand total to more than 1.4 billion pounds.

London Post Office

“We usually fill six to eight (mail) hampers with food each year,” said Matthew Doherty, London postmaster. “It’s a lot of food.”

The hampers measure 3 feet high by 4 feet long by 2.5 feet wide. The donations are split among the various food pantries in London.

For more information about London’s collection, call (740) 852-1881. Donated items also can be dropped off at the post office, 25 S. Oak St., the week leading up to May 14. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Mount Sterling Post Office

“We get a pretty good amount of participation every year,” said Julie Redding, acting postmistress in Mount Sterling.

“We take all the food to the Mount Sterling Community Center because they help everybody.”

For more information, call (740) 869-2545. Donated items also can be dropped off at the post office, 34 W. Columbus St., the day of the collection. On May 14, the post office will be open from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Plain City Post Office

The Plain City post office’s Stamp Out Hunger collection is a well-oiled machine, thanks to a great working relationship with the Plain City Food Pantry. The food the carriers collect goes into a truck the pantry has ready and waiting that day. The collection usually fills the floor of the truck.

For more information, call (614) 873-4004. Donated items also can be dropped off at the post office, 219 Maple St., where a collection container stands year-round. Hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. The postmistress is Christine Gonda.

West Jefferson Post Office

The West Jefferson post office is going all out with its collection efforts this year. Thanks to Giant Eagle and other sponsors, volunteers will be wearing special t-shirts. Also, all in-town postal customers will receive Giant Eagle grocery bags in which to put their donations. The post office itself will be decked out with banners, balloons and signs.

Organizers plan to weigh the items that come in for a grant total which will serve as a benchmark for future collections. All donations will go to West Jefferson’s Good Samaritan Food Pantry.

“I didn’t realize how many people use the food pantry. The pantry is almost out of food right now, so this is good timing,” said Coburn Morgan.

For more information, call (614) 879-9145. Donated items also can be dropped off the day of the collection at the post office, 249 W. Main St. On May 14, the post office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. The postmistress is Terry Thomas.

 

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