Stamp Out Hunger food drive takes place Saturday

SEBRING - This Saturday, America’s largest one-day food drive will take place as the National Association of Letter Carriers and other postal service employees join together in an effort to “Stamp Out Hunger.” Since its inception in 1993, this one-day event has collected more than 1.2 billion pounds of canned goods, cereals, rice and other nonperishable items to help stock the shelves of food banks and charities for summer months when the need is often the greatest. “What we see on our routes drives us to do what we can to help millions of Americans get the food their families so desperately need,” said NALC President Fredric Rolando. Recent studies have found that nearly 50 million Americans live with food insecurity and up to three million seniors have to make the difficult choice of whether to buy groceries or medicine.
According to Sebring food drive coordinators Frank Glinski and Wanda Brote, between 60,000 to 70,000 pounds of food on average are collected every year in Highlands County during this food drive. “Thanks to the generosity of local donors, every year we are able to fill the shelves of Salvation Army, New Testament Mission and other area food banks,” said Glinski. To help, you may drop off food at the post office or place nonperishable food items like canned meats, soups, juices, rice, cereals and canned vegetables in a bag by your mailbox early on Saturday. A postal employee or a charity volunteer will pick up your donation.