Postal employees in Bloomburg, TX, are preparing for the nationwide Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Currently there is a box inside the post office for receiving donations, but Saturday, May 10, Elizabeth Bumgardner, rural mail carrier, and Mary Sherman, Bloomburg Postmaster, will be picking up non-perishable items left on or in the mailboxes along the route. If food is left in the mailbox, the patron is asked to please raise the red flag.
The annual food drive, originated by the National Letter Carriers Association, is held the second Saturday in May, each year. Bloomburg is proud to claim more pounds donated normally than any other post office of similar size in this area, according to Sherman. “We are asking the community to help others in the community who need help,” she said. “After we gather the food, we bring it to the office to weigh, and then call Judy Ragsdale, the coordinator at Rebecca’s Pantry, who sends volunteers to pick it up.” Rebecca’s Pantry is located in Atlanta, TX, near Westside Baptist Church on South Main Street. Many local churches donate regularly to Rebecca’s Pantry, who distributes the food to the needy. KPYN Radio Station in Atlanta, also helps with a fundraiser for the same cause by broadcasting in front of Brookshire’s Grocery in Pine Acres Shopping Center in Atlanta.
According to Anna Gunn, the NALC Food Drive Coordinator for the Dallas Lone Star Branch 132 and the Dallas District, in a handout sent to the post offices, the goal of 1 million pounds was broken the last two years. The food donated goes to the North Texas Food Bank and other local food pantries. The top six items in need are 1) Peanut Butter, 2) Macaroni & Cheese, 3) Cream Soup, 4) Canned Meats, 5) Canned Fruit, 6) Spaghetti Sauce/Crushed Tomatoes.