Letter: Stamp Out Hunger drive needs community’s support

May. 06, 2013 @ 12:01 AM


For the 19th consecutive year, your generous donation can make a difference in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, made possible by our local postal carriers.

Saturday, May 11, is the day letter carriers will collect canned food left at your mailbox and bring it back to the post offices in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Kodak, then it’s taken on to Sevier County Food Ministries, where we are counting on your donations to carry us into the summer months. Seymour donations benefit CROSS Ministries.

As the new director of SCFM, I now witness first-hand practically every day the need to fulfill our mission to make sure no one goes hungry. We are assisting an average of 1,400 families each week with supplemental food. We gave out 1,688 bags of groceries in one week alone back in January. Over 6,000 families used our ministry in 2012

This year’s postal carrier effort is critical to helping to feed the hungry in Sevier County. You can help. All you have to do is select a dozen or so non-perishable food items, put them in a plastic grocery bag (you might double-bag for strength) and leave it at your mailbox this Saturday, May 11.

Several jars of peanut butter, a couple of tins of tuna or chicken, and a few cans of fruit or beans would be great, but please donate. If your neighbors are doing the same thing, a few cans add up to a few thousand quickly.

Since 1995, Sevier County Food Ministries has averaged 11 tons of donations each year through the Post Office drive. Last year we collected almost 20,000 pounds of food, much better than the seven tons donated the year before.

The food drive starts with your letter carriers, and they deserve the bulk of the credit. He or she has mail to deliver and only so much space in the vehicle to put food donations, yet your carrier is willing to take a little extra time to support the food drive on this one special Saturday. Without the postal carriers, there’s no food drive.

Even better, you can help us all out even more by writing a check to SCFM and placing it in your mailbox on Saturday. SCFM can buy canned items from Second Harvest for a quarter apiece and your mailman doesn’t have to handle the cans.

Or why not tape a few quarters to the top of a few cans?It all adds up.

You’ll find a postcard in your mailbox this week reminding you about the food drive. Please take time to fill a plastic bag up with cans or write a check to help fulfill our mission, “To give them something to eat.”

Remember, every can and every dollar and every prayer counts.

Thanks for doing your part.

Jim Davis