Mid-Ohio Valley letter carriers to collect food items on May 12

PARKERSBURG — A national food drive conducted by letter carriers across the country will be held in the Mid-Ohio Valley on May 12.

Based in Parkersburg, Branch 481 of the National Association of Letter Carriers has participated in the “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” for years on the second Saturday in May.

To participate in the food drive, leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by the mailbox. Letter carriers will pick up the donations while making regular deliveries.

Locally, NALC Branch 481 collects food in Parkersburg, Vienna, Ravenswood, Williamstown, St. Marys, Paden City, Sistersville and New Martinsville. Food collected in Parkersburg is sorted and weighed at Camden Avenue Church of Christ and the food is dispersed to Wood County Food Co-Op.

Food collected in Vienna is sorted and weighed at Wayside United Methodist Church with food going to The Good Samaritan Center. Food in the surrounding cities goes to local food banks.

In 2017, Branch 481 collected 22,718 pounds of food. Nationally, the NALC collected over 75 million pounds of food, feeding an estimated 64 million people. Over the course of its 25-year history, the drive has collected approximately 1.6 billion pounds of food.

According to the NALC, there is a great need for food donations. Currently, 49 million Americans, or one in six, are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Five million seniors over the age of 60 are food insecure with many on fixed incomes and often too embarrassed to ask for help. Thirteen million children go hungry as well.