Pastor “Rubie” Rubinstein accepts food from United States Postal Service letter carrier Amelia Orozco. (Charles Fischer Photo)
The 21st annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” took place Saturday in towns and cities across America. Many charities and organizations run out of the winter reserves collected over Christmas at this time of year. The NALC drive brings an infusion of food when local agencies most need it.
Each year, the letter carriers pass out bags the week prior to the collection day for people to fill with nonperishable items. One postal employee said: “We received five bags that people brought into the (Pennsylvania Street) Post Office on Saturday.”
The bags filled with goodies were gathered by the Roswell mail carriers. A total of five volunteers spent their Saturday picking up items left outside people’s homes. The bags were then taken to the Brasher Street office where they were sorted and boxed. The officer in charge, Tina Hoy, said that the letter carriers collected more food than they had in years past.
The food was brought to Harvest Ministries on Monday. The donated food will be distributed to twelve different agencies throughout Chaves County to help the needy throughout the area.
The NALC’s effort is the nation’s largest one-day food-collection drive in the country. In 2012, the drive gathered more than 70 million pounds of food nationwide, bringing the grand total to 1.2 billion pounds of food donations.