Postal employees: ‘Fill up the shelves’

Pantries to benefit from food drive
May. 06, 2014 @ 10:52 AM

Letter carriers and rural carriers from Thomasville Post Office on Saturday will participate in the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

Proceeds from the food drive will benefit area food pantries including The Fathers Storehouse, The Noise Outreach, Cooperative Community Ministries, His Laboring Few and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Thomasville food drive coordinator Tammy Dempsey, along with the carriers, hopes that residents will provide vital resources to the area’s food pantries.

"Since the economy has gotten bad there are more people out there who need it," she said. "We appreciate residents who are willing to help. Those who receive these donations will surely appreciate the food that they get."

Brenda Ward of The Fathers Storehouse at 111 Salem St. said the agency gives out a box of food to clients once a month. The food will enable the food pantry to continue serving these clients.

“To be honest, really the need right now is higher than ever,” she said. “Food has been low at most all the agencies. We are really looking forward to a food drive that will fill these shelves up.”

Ward added that the food pantry is in dire need of nonperishables as well as boxed items such as cereals and instant potatoes.

To participate in the food drive, place nonperishable items in a bag at your mailbox on Saturday.

For those who will be out of town for Mother’s Day weekend, place items out on Friday or Monday. The most needed items include proteins, such as canned meats and peanut butter, pastas and pasta sauces, oatmeal, cereal, soups, beans, rice and baby foods.

“Our carriers see the face of hunger every day,” said food drive coordinator Caroline Jones. “We know what it looks like. We can’t just sit by and ignore it. This is our chance to help.”