Post office ‘stamps out hunger’

By Dean Wright -

GALLIPOLIS — The Gallipolis Post Office will be collecting non-perishable food donations May 13 as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food drive.

All residents with a Gallipolis mailing address are asked to leave donations out in a bag by their mailbox the Saturday in question and the mail carrier will take care of the rest. According to Gallipolis Postmaster Mary McCalla, the donations will be taken to a food pantry at Grace United Methodist Church. Gallipolis Boy Scout Troop 201 will assist with the efforts.

“They go around town helping because the carriers really give (of themselves) a lot that day,” said McCalla. “The carriers and boy scouts will go around town and pick up the food around and then go (in the back of the post office) and organize it in tubs. Boxes, bags and cans will all be separated.”

McCalla asked residents check expiration dates on any food items donated.

McCalla said the post office had been actively taking part in the food drive for the last decade with the boy scout troop being involved in the effort for almost as many years.

The post office is also anticipated to set a table in front of the post office for those who wish to donate directly to the drive’s efforts. Money donations have been used to help fill in for other needs as the pantry takes stock of what is collected.

According to a letter provided by McCalla, the spring food drive’s “timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.”

May 13 will be the 25th year the National Association of Letter Carriers holds its countrywide food drive. Reportedly in 2016, over 80 million pounds of food were collected across the US to feed another estimated 64 million individuals.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright