Annual food drive begins Saturday

PARKERSBURG – The U.S. Postal Service reminds residents that the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive will take place on Saturday.

Collections from this year’s Stamp Out Hunger campaign will go to Mountaineer Food Bank, which serves 48 counties in West Virginia, said Chad Morrison, director of development at the Mountaineer Food Bank.

Residents wishing to participate in the food drive are asked to leave non-perishable food donations in a sturdy bag beside their mailboxes on Saturday, Morrison said.

Donations will be collected by mail carriers and delivered to food banks and pantries across West Virginia, Morrison said. These will then be distributed to those suffering from food insecurity across the community.

“Stamp Out Hunger is one of our favorite initiatives each year because it’s a great way for the community to get involved and benefit their neighbors locally, and at the same time be a part of a huge national movement of service that day,” Morrison said.

The Stamp Out Hunger drive is held in 10,000 cities and towns, and in all 50 states, every year. Last year, mail carries collected 74.4 million pounds of food, which was the second-highest amount since the food drive began in 1992.

This year’s campaign has national contributors, including the U.S. Postal Service, The National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, Campbell Soup Co., AARP Drive to End Hunger, United Way, Publix, AFL-CIO, Valpak, and Uncle Bob’s Self Storage.

Mountaineer Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger relief organization that consists of more than 600 feeding programs in 48 West Virginia counties. It provides services such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and senior programs to West Virginians who require assistance, Morrison said.

More information can be obtained at mountaineerfoodbank.org