October 16, 2018

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive a Huge Success

(Franklin) — To the generous people of Heard County, and to the letter carriers and volunteers who put in long hours hauling sacks of heavy food…THANK YOU!

Results are in and this year’s 23rd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive to Stamp out Hunger in our community was a huge success.

The NALC conducted its 23rd annual food drive on Saturday, May 9. Letter carriers collected non-perishable food donations on that day as they delivered mail along their postal routes. Food donations are delivered to Heard County’s Local Food Bank.

The Franklin Georgia Post Office Employees collected over 4000 lbs. of food this year thanks to the many devoted citizens who donated to this cause.

The Roopville Georgia Post Office Employees stated, “We would like to thank everyone that participated in the NALC Food Drive. Over 500 pounds of non-perishable food was collected! We are so proud of our community. The generosity they showed to help stamp out hunger is heart warming. Thank you all very much!”

Franklin Postmaster Melanie Spradlin with Denise Harrison

Franklin Postmaster Melanie Spradlin with Denise Harrison

Each week the Heard County Food Pantry feeds many families through their open Pantry program and children during the school year through our Backpacks of Food Program.

Sherry Williams, Volunteer, Heard County Food Pantry stated, “Without these donations this time of year from the USPS and Future Farmers of America kids at Heard County High School recently, it is challenging for the Pantry to have the amount of food we like to be able to give on hand.”

The Food Pantry counts on the giving of Heard County to help us feed the families that are food insecure.

“We are so grateful to organizations like Georgia Power’s Plant Wansley, Plant Yates and Carroll EMC for remembering our needs during the year with their gifts and Foundation giving,” said Williams.

“This year we are also grateful to the Community Foundation of West Georgia for a grant for Backpacks of Food Program.Without individuals and families who make donations each month and give their time to make sure we are open every Friday, we could not continue to do the work we do. As with many things in our lives, ‘It takes a Village.’ We are blessed to be able to do the work we do in this “Village.”

With summer approaching keep in mind one in four kids face hunger this summer in Georgia. Heard County School System will sponsor a Summer Feeding Program. Summer meals will be free for kids and teens. The program is open to all children 18 years old and younger, no enrollment and no cost!

Lunch will be served from 11:45pm – 12:45 on June 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25 and July 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, and 23. For more information call Jackie at 706-675-3320.

Working together we can stamp out hunger in any village. (Times~Journal)

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