Stamp Out Hunger

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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Contributor: Nicole Schreck, Appleton City Letter Carrier and Food Drive Volunteer Coordinator

The act of helping to feed those in need in our community might seem overwhelming. However, it can be as simple as placing non-perishable food items in a bag next to your mailbox on the second Saturday in May every year. The National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the nation’s largest one-day food drive to stock the shelves of our local food pantries. This year it is taking place on Saturday, May 12th.

I have been privileged to be one of the food drive coordinators for the past three years at the Appleton Post Office. I, like many, have never had the need to get food from one of our local food pantries. The concept that there are those in the Fox Cities who do not know where their next meal is coming from seems so foreign to me. I cherish the evening dinners that I spend with my husband and kids. It is a time to share all of our days’ events and activities, and come together as a family. The fact that something as simple as this is not possible for every family is heartbreaking. It is the reason that I volunteer for this very worthy cause. You can get involved too: join us on Saturday to pick up and sort food. To volunteer in the Appleton area, call me (Nicole Schreck) at 920-915-4577. To volunteer in Neenah, call Corey Drees at 920-841-0000.

Last year, in Appleton, Kimberly, Menasha, New London, Greenville, and Sherwood we were able to collect 87,447 pounds of non-perishable food items, which is up from our 2016 total of 79,054 pounds. I would like to challenge our local communities to surpass last year’s total. Think how much of a difference we could make if each and every person was able to donate one pound of food to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this year. That would mean in these six cities alone we would be able to provide over 120,000 pounds of food to local food pantries. (View this video to learn more about Stamp Out Hunger.)

Are you with me? Can we all rise to the challenge and collect one pound per person? Because together, I know that we can stamp out hunger!

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