The Rev. Hector Torres [auth] of Neighborhood Church loads boxes of food received as part of Harvest Ministries Postal Carrier’s Food Drive, Tuesday. Mark Wilson Photo
The generosity of Roswell and Chaves County can be measured in about five-and-a-half tons.
The annual Postal Carrier’s Food Drive generated 10,876 pounds of food on May 12, a bounty of boxed and canned goods that will be distributed by Harvest Ministries to 12 agencies throughout Chaves County beginning today.
Harvest Ministries personnel weighed and sorted all of the food over the course of four days last week, and inspected all of the donations for safety.
The Rev. Rubie Rubinstein said he was told by the postal service that the annual food drive was one of the best years they ever had with the event. He said carriers boosted advertising efforts this year, providing paper bags to all of the postal customers.
The bags served as a reminder for the event, detailing what was needed and when. Participating community members placed their donations into the bags and set them next to their mailboxes. The food was later picked up by Harvest Ministries staff and volunteers.
Rubinstein said the 12 agencies that will benefit from the drive more than doubles the amount of agencies from previous years, allowing the food to be distributed more equitably throughout the county.
“Any time anybody does a food drive, it just brings more awareness to the community that there is a need,” Rubinstein said. “There’s a food insufficiency, they call it, all across the United States. And New Mexico, I think, is number two in food insufficiency. …
“So all of these collections we do year-round help to really bolster these pantries that distribute this food. And there are a lot of places that distribute food all over the county to help families in need.”
Rubinstein said the caring community of Roswell remains the lifeblood for the success of any food drive.
“This is a gracious, generous community that really steps up. They always step up,” he said. “We have a lot of food going out the door here.”