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"Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive Slated For May 9
Updated April 13, 2015 9:55 AM | Filed under: Event
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(BEDFORD) - Local letter carriers are gearing up for the 2015 Letter Carriers' "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive, slated for Saturday, May 9.

Each year letter carriers pick up donations of nonperishable food left by postal patrons at their mailboxes.

The food collected in Mitchell will go to LIFE's Mitchell office. Heltonville Post Office will distribute food collected there to pantries in that region, and the remainder of the food collected in Lawrence County will be distributed as equitably as possible among four local pantries: Salvation Army, Community Care, LIFE's Bedford office and God's Place.

Clients at LARC are already busy folding the 24,000 grocery bags donated by JayC Plus. The bags are stapled to reminder postcards. The Bedford Lions Club pledged $200 toward the cost of printing those postcards.

Cr. Jim Sowders' lot will be the site of a mid-day collection hub to be manned by volunteer families from the Lawrence County Christian Home Educators network. Letter carriers will drop off the donations at the lot and volunteers will shuttle the goods to the post office. The JA Benefits lot near the Bedford Post Office will be a staging area for the food pantries' trucks, where they will wait before accepting the food received at the post office.

Local schools also will conduct drives to contribute to the project.

Last year, the drive generated 18,155 pounds of food, down 17 percent from the 2013 total.



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