Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive a Success

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Rector teens Landen Crancer, Harmony Brown, Grayson Crancer, Blane Murray and Hunter Kemper gather food collected by Rector mailcarriers during the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Rector residents had several special deliveries ready Saturday, May 11. Area mailcarriers and United States Postal Service employees didn't mind the extra work, though, as the community-wide support was part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive event. Rector showed its heart during the annual event, donating over 4,500 pounds of food.

"The response was outstanding," Rector postmaster Jim Marshall said. "We were all just floored with the amount of food collected. There are larger cities which collected more, but when you look at the amount of food collected per capita, Rector averaged out to around two-and-a-half pounds of food per person. That's amazing!"

The U.S. Postal Service and Campbell Soup Company are major supporters of the drive. Campbell Soup also earmarked an additional 1 million pound canned food donation to the drive. Other supporters are AARP, Feeding America, Publix, Valassis/Red Plum, Cox Target Media and its Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, the nationwide direct mail marketing firm, which promotes the drive on 40 million packets delivered to postal customers.

The drive also relies on the backing of the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the Feeding America food bank network, the United Way of America and its local United Ways, the AFL-CIO Community Services network, Uncle Bob's Self Storage and countless local sponsors.

The collected food was gathered and sorted at the Rector Post Office. The food was added to the pantries at Rector's First Baptist and First United Methodist Churches this past week, with volunteers from both churches visiting the post office to "haul" away the donations for distribution throughout the community.

"I was amazed when I saw all the food that had been collected," volunteer Stephen Crancer said. "That just goes to show the type of community we have here."

Volunteers wish to thank everyone who took part in the food drive. This reporter wishes to extend special thanks to area USPS employees for their efforts in making the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive such a success. The success of this drive would have been impossible without the efforts of postmaster Jim Marshall and carriers and volunteers Caleb Catt, Lucy Tackett, Mary Smith, Susan Holcomb, David Smith, Jill Scott, Dennis Grissom, Theresa Martin and Donald Smith.

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