Letter: Carriers Food Drive supporters receive thanks

May. 20, 2013 @ 11:01 PM

Editor:

The groceries are in the barn. A whole lot of them, thanks to local residents who supported Sevier County Food Ministries through Saturday’s Letter Carriers Food Drive.

This year the “Stamp Out Hunger” drive collected over 10 tons (that’s 20,000 pounds-plus) of canned and dry goods plus monetary donations, helping to fill the shelves at SCFM as it has on the second Saturday of May since 1995. Our warehouse looks a bit healthier today, but it won’t last long as the food bank supports an average of 1,400 families per week.

SCFM is grateful for the groceries donated by people in Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Kodak which will soon be distributed to needy families.

Thanks most of all to the letter carriers and postal employees who participated and did the hard work Saturday. You are the backbone of this drive.

We appreciate members of the Cornerstone and Hillbilly Biker Ministries and friends from Millican Grove, good people who arrive at the Sevierville Post Office with a smile and multiple pairs of helping hands on the second Saturday each May.

Thanks as well to the dozens of volunteers, including Boy Scouts from Troop 110, Girl Scouts from Troop 20265, the New Center Beta Club, parent supporters and many other fine folks who did an especially outstanding job of sorting the food as it arrived at the Food Ministry, where super volunteers Sven, Ralph, Dave, Beth and Greg contribute in many ways.

The Mountain Press is gracious in its support, promoting the food drive through advertising, an editorial and printing thousands of thank you notes.

The folks at MIXX 105.5 also helped generate interest with quality air time and their mentions and thoughtful support. Getting the word out is critical.

Local restaurants and businesses provided donations for the carriers and volunteers, including Bear Land General Store in Gatlinburg, McDonald’s at the Apple Barn, Chick-Fil-A, Bojangle’s and Hardee’s in Pigeon Forge, Blue Moose, Old Mill Café, Texas Roadhouse, Buddy’s BBQ, Bellacino’s, Logan’s Roadhouse, Firehouse Subs, Fuddrucker’s, Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, Zaxby’s in Sevierville, Cici’s Pizza, Collier Food Group, Papa John’s in Pigeon Forge, Little Caesar’s Pizza, and Food City in Gatlinburg. Thanks as well to McNelly-Whaley Ford for loaning a pick-up truck for the day.

Did you forget to leave your bag out? That’s OK. You can donate anytime by sending a check which allows SCFM to buy goods at the bargain rate of about 25 cents per pounds from Second Harvest Food Bank. Your 10 bucks becomes more than 40 cans of green beans. A $20 contribution can buy 100 pounds of rice.

The SCFM address is P.O. Box 6042, Sevierville, TN 37864. All donations are tax deductible. If you’ve got it, share it.

And thanks to all those who supported this drive last Saturday.

Gina Davis

Sevierville