Post office stamping out hunger

Local food pantry managers are anxious to see the results of the post office food drive this coming weekend.
Becky Vargo
May 7, 2013

“The cupboards are bare, absolutely bare,” said Karen Reenders, director of The People Center in Spring Lake. “We’re spending $1,200 a month to keep food on the shelves."

That money comes from donations made during the center's year-end campaign and from a United Way disbursement.

“We need this food drive to supplement us so we can make it through the next year-end campaign," Reenders said.

Letter carriers from the Grand Haven and Spring Lake post offices will be picking up food donations along their routes on Saturday as part of the National Letter Carriers' “Stamp Out Hunger” program.

Ken Baumgarner, a local organizer of the food drive who works at the post office in Grand Haven, said the carriers will distribute postcards with information about the food drive on Wednesday. On Thursday, they will deliver bags that residents can put food into for Saturday's pick-up.

Both Reenders and Jeanette Laarman, operations director for Love INC, said they were excited about the use of the bags.

“Two years, one big section of the community got the bags and that’s when we got the most food,” Reenders said.

Food pantry donations drop off drastically soon after Christmas, Laarman said. At this time of year, agencies start to worry about children who will no longer get free lunches once school is out.

To read more of this story, see Wednesday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

Comments

Woodrow

Who is paying for the bags and the post cards? Taxpayers?, because the PO is broke. The PO needs to concentrate on delivering mail on time not sponsoring extraneous events that it does not have money for. Remember when the PO sponsored a cycling team? Just deliver the mail fellas. Leave the food drive to the churches.

Mad Mike

Woodrow, you are an idiot! I for one will be filling the bags in fact leave me another bag I will fill it in your sorry a## name!

rukidding

Woodrow take a deep breath, count to 10, and smile. Let's not start throwing stones at people or organizations doing good. Why would you care where the donations come from if some hungry children get a meal? If you have a personal beef with the Post Office then deal with it in another venue; not here when they are trying to help people.

Thanks for your donation Mike, I personally just drop a check off at The People Center, 307 E. Exchange St. Spring Lake, or mail to PO Box 311, Spring Lake, MI 49456 so they can get items needed that aren't donated.

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