Last year, the Watsonville post office raised close to 12,000 pounds during the Stamp Out Hunger food drive and they’re ready to give it their all again this year. We visited the post office before it opened for business on Tuesday to thank them in advance for the extra work they will be taking on this week to Stamp Out Hunger.
Danny Keith, Second Harvest Chief Development Officer thanked the postal workers for their compassion and dedication to feeding people in need. “We know that it’s a lot of extra work for all of you,” he said. “We want you to how much it is appreciated. Second Harvest feeds 50,000 people every month; half are kids. We could not do it without the support of the community.”
Ariel Avestruz, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch #857, presented Second Harvest with a check for $200.
All non-perishable food for Stamp Out Hunger will be collected on May 14th. The Watsonville Post Office is delivering bags to customers on their postal routes this week. Other post offices will be dropping off post cards asking people to use their own bags. Items may also be placed in the barrels located in local post office lobbies.
Foods that are needed include peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, soups, stews, chili, canned meat and tuna, cereal, beans, rice, and pasta.
Cuts to government funding have taken away a major source of basic staple foods this year. On May 14th please leave a few non-perishable food items by your mailbox or at your local post office.
Thanks to the NALC, our community, and all the volunteers that will be helping to raise thousands of pounds of food for our neighbors in need!