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The USDA released some very disturbing facts recently that millions of Americans are having to choose between rent, utilities, medicine and food when it comes to spending. In the U.S. one out of six children lives in a “food insecure” household.
Even in our area, the school’s Backpack Program has brought the gravity of the situation to Richmond’s doorsteps. This Saturday, May 9, the public has a chance to join the National Association of Letter Carriers in a food drive to Stamp Out Hunger.
According to John E. Potter, U.S. Postmaster General, the drive is entering its 17th year and has become the “largest one-day food drive in the country.”
“The generosity of our customers has filled food banks and pantries all across the nation,” said Potter.
“People really participated during the flood year,” said Mike Farnan, local letter carrier. “With the news about the Backpack Program, people have woke up to the fact that there are people right in our community that need help.”
It’s easy to participate. Just put non-perishable, unused, unopened foot items in a bag and place it by your mailbox. Please remember to check food items to be sure they are not out of date. Your letter carrier will pick the bag up and deliver it to local food banks.