Thomasville Times Enterprise

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May 8, 2014

Food drive Saturday

THOMASVILLE — On Saturday, the National Association of Letter Carriers will join forces with Feeding America to Stamp Out Hunger in the United States.

The annual food drive — in its 22nd year — began as a regional effort and now is a nationwide event that provides assistance to millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.

The need for food assistance continues to exist in every community in America, no matter how rich or poor.

In South Georgia, one in four struggle with hunger daily, including one in three children. Food bank shelves filled up through holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And with summer break right around the corner, many families already barely making ends meet must now pay for not only childcare while they work but also meals usually provided through the free/reduced lunch program.

Said Frank Richards, Second Harvest CEO, said. “ ’The Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive is a great example of what a big impact we can make when the community comes together. The need in our area is great, but the spirit of generosity is greater. We encourage folks to take a few moments to participate. It’ll make a difference in the lives of children and families across South Georgia.”

It’s easy to participate. South Georgia’s postal customers should find blue food drive donation bags in their mailbox this week, but any bag will work. Place non-perishable, unopened food items in the bag and leave that bag by your mailbox. Your letter carrier and Second Harvest will make sure it reaches those who need it most.

On the day of the event, Second Harvest reminds citizens that volunteers will assist in the effort to collect the food.

Second Harvest volunteers will wear yellow or green “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive T-shirts.

Second Harvest of South Georgia serves 30 counties and is the largest rural food bank in Georgia. Headquartered in Valdosta, the organization has locations in Thomasville, Albany and Douglas.

Second Harvest distributed more than 18.5 million pounds of food in 2013 to children, seniors and families struggling with hunger.

For more information about how to help alleviate hunger in South Georgia, visit www.feedingsga.org.

 

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