MIAMI COUNTY — On Saturday, May 13, Miami County residenrs will have the chance to once again help postal workers deliver food items to local food pantries with the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
In its 25th year, the nationally organized food drive has helped food pantries such as The Needy Basket in Tipp City.
“This food drive helps quite a bit,” said Jim Sommer of The Needy Basket. “We appreciate the donations they bring us every year.”
Before the drive, many local branches of the National Association of Letter Carriers held their own, independent food drive. Branch leaders then, in 1991, organized a pilot drive, which was held in 10 cities. It was so successful that in 1993, the drive was made into a national event. In 2010, the food drive surpassed 1 billion pounds of food collected throughout its history.
To donate, county residents can put a bag of nonperishable food items next to their mailbox before their usual delivery time prior to their usual mail delivery time on May 13. Along with delivering mail, letter carriers will also be picking up donations, so they may be later than usual in delivering mail, according to the National Association of Letter Carriers’s website.
“We can use anything from peanut butter to canned meat,” Sommer said. “All non-perishables help us tremendously.”
Letter carriers in Troy, Piqua, Tipp City, Bradford and West Milton are participating.
Shelby Campbell is a writer for Troy High School’s Trojan Tempo and will begin journalism school at Ohio University in the fall.