Stamp Out Hunger food drive hits home for one local letter carrier

Stamp Out Hunger food drive hits home for one local letter carrier

It’s the largest one-day food drive in the nation. On Saturday, May 12, people all over the country will leave non-perishable food items in their mailboxes for letter carriers to pick up.

Stamp Out Hunger is in its twenty-sixth year and all this week the US Postal Service has been preparing for it by dropping off bags in mailboxes for people to fill. If you didn’t get one, that’s okay– find a sturdy bag and get it in your mailbox or next to it if you have a cluster box, by 9 a.m. Saturday.

All donations stay local. In Spokane, donations will be brought to Second Harvest, which will have volunteers out with letter carriers to pick up the over 100,000 pounds of food they are expecting to collect.

“The timing on this food drive is great because we are going in to summer, and kids are getting out of school,” Second Harvest’s Julie Humphreys said. “They are used to having breakfast and lunch at school and they come home and those meals aren’t available.”

For one letter carrier, the event has come full circle.

“Five siblings. It was the five of us. We had a single mom raise us and worked 3 jobs to provide for us, which of course you know she could supply everything for us so she had to rely on public services,” said Eric Pardick. “Food bank was one, Toys for Tots but every month she would have to stand on line to get us food.”

Over the next month, volunteers will sort the food in time for the end of the school year. If your donation is not picked up tomorrow, you can contact your local post office or leave it for a letter carrier to collect Monday.