Your View: Postal food drive benefits local pantries

May. 08, 2013 @ 09:03 PM

The food pantries in the greater High Point are running extremely low as we enter the summer months when donations typically trail off.  Some emergency food pantries have already had to reduce the amount of food being given out or have had to reduce the number of days they are open.  So many of our neighbors will struggle today without a meal to put on the table for dinner when their children get home from school.  Soon, children will be out of school and hunger will become an even more pressing need.
Fortunately, the National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive is just around the corner.  Last year, greater High Point collected over 55,000 pounds of non-perishables.  This food drive makes it easy to give.  All you have to do is leave a bag of food by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up this Saturday.  It will be distributed to food pantries in High Point, Archdale, Trinity and Jamestown.  These food pantries rely on this food drive to serve individuals and families in need through the summer months.
On behalf of the many food pantries I work with, thank you in advance for helping us take care of this need.  We also thank United Way of Greater High Point for volunteering each year to coordinate the drive.
No one in our community should go hungry.
REV. CARL VIERLING
High Point
The writer is the Coordinator of the Community Resource Network in High Point.

 

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