PRESTONSBURG – The National Association of Letter Carriers held their 24th “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive across the nation. This is the nation’s largest one-day food drive event and Prestonsburg Post Office, under the supervision of Postmaster, David S. Petrey, participated in the national event.
“Letter carriers touch every residential and business address in the country at least six days a week,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “And the continued effort in the fight against hunger, often in our own neighborhoods, has made the postal service all too familiar with the staggering numbers of people in need.”
The Prestonsburg Post Office staff collected over 264 pounds of food on Saturday. Thanks to the effort of dedicated postal workers and compassionate community members, many families in the area will benefit from their efforts.
All donations collected were donated to God’s Pantry Food Bank, located at 65 Resource Drive in Prestonsburg. Founded in 1955, God’s Pantry is an emergency food provider serving programs in 50 Kentucky counties. The purpose of the food banking is to prevent usable food from going to waste and to channel this food to hungry families and organizations that serve the needy. God’s Pantry collects food from local, regional, and national food manufactures, processors, growers, wholesalers and retailers. Food Banks handle food and non-food products that are over-produced nearing expiration date, damaged, mislabeled, improperly weighed or cosmetically imperfect. The products are of good quality, but the manufacturer has decided to donate them rather than try to sell or dump them. In addition to working with these programs they also benefit from food drivers such as the National Letter Carrier’s to provide non-perishable items to local communities.
“I have benefited from food pantries, because although I get food stamps, with children they run out before the end of the month,” said Lisa Kendrick of Abbott. “Being able to take advantage of a food pantry like God’s Pantry is a real blessing for families. The food is good quality food that is not out of date.”
God’s Pantry is a certified member of Feeding America with over 200 food banks located in all 50 states. Each year, Feeding America food banks solicit, collect and distribute hundreds of millions of pounds of food and other grocery items. Feed America receives food from nearly every major food corporation, and 42 percent of Feeding America food designated for Kentucky is allocated for distribution through God’s Pantry.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.