Stamping out hunger via mailboxes

As you store away your winter jackets and finish up any spring cleaning, make sure you clean out your cupboards as well.
Julie Angell
May 9, 2014

This Saturday, May 10, anyone with a Grand Haven, West Olive or Spring Lake mailing address will have the opportunity to donate their non-perishable food items and help out families in need. While they deliver mail that day, postal workers will be picking up any non-perishable items in, on or near mailboxes.

The National Food Drive is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, and all collected items will be donated to the local Salvation Army and Love INC, as well as the Harvest Bible Chapel in West Olive.

Ken Baumgarner, a postal service employee at the Grand Haven office and organizer of the food drive, said that 94,000 pounds of food was collected in last year’s drive. With a tough act to follow, Baumgarner still has goals to get as much items as he can to local food banks.

Some ideal non-perishables to donate are canned vegetables, cans of tuna, peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, and other basic items in your cupboard, said Capt. Sally Davis of The Salvation Army in Grand Haven.

This is Davis’ fourth year in Grand Haven with The Salvation Army, and she said they receive a wide variety of food through the postal service drive — which helps not only her food pantry, but others as well.

“This postal drive is very vital,” she said. “It’s a real blessing to receive this food from our community.”

Leah Rust, director of ministries for Love INC, said eight of the nine churches the organization works with replenishes their own food pantries from the Love INC pantry on a weekly basis. With a demand that high, she said all donations are appreciated.

Rust also said that making sure there’s healthy food that’s also not perishable is a challenge.

“People are having to learn to live on less,” she said. “Hunger awareness, I think, is a huge thing.”

Comments

skyking007

What a shame that in this land of plenty, some people have been reduced to the state that they need handouts. Stop the cuts,on aid to the poor and raise the minimum wage. Bring back the jobs sent overseas. Really help the poor not just give them a token can of soup. I am all for the Postal drive, but it isn't enough.

Harry Kovaire

In our longest running war (LBJ's War on Poverty) we have spent $20 Trillion, but apparently that isn't enough.

I guess we should raise the minimum wage to $50 an hour - then everyone would be rich.

happycamper

Raising the minimum wage is not the answer, we need work !!

skyking007

I guess if we stop the Hate and sarcastic remarks we could work together so all people in America could have a chance.

Luvs2teach

Skyking, I understand where your heart is, but please understand that all people in America do have a chance. It's given to each and every one of us via our free education system. I came from a terrible background but I still worked my way up to a very comfortable life. I didn't have the world's best teachers, but I learned enough to survive each step of the education ladder. I didn't have the world's best parents, but I persevered despite the abuse. I'm not wealthy monetarily, but I couldn't ask for much more than my current family and job. Anyhow,everyone does have a chance to make a decent living as options abound for everyone. No more excuses. And for those working their way up, a helping hand doesn't hurt. We can all use a little support now and then. Thank you to our postal workers and organizers of the food drive for their hard work.

deeg

Well said. Thank you.

DKS523

I agree. Very well said.

skyking007

I know people who have worked all their lives and than have medical bills and plant closing put them in need. We have collage graduates working at Burger King. I am retired and don't need help, unless they cut my Social Security or health care keeps getting more expensive. I have survived when my plant closed but others haven't found work as readily as I have. Don't judge when people are in need.

LessThanAmused

I agree. Very well said.

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