To the Editor:
Saturday, May 11 is the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) have held this event annually since 1993 and it is currently the U.S.’s largest one day food drive. Here in Ottawa, it is the Community Food Basket’s second biggest food drive of the year and an important opportunity to fill our shelves for the busy summer months.
The carriers of the NALC will be delivering plastic grocery bags in the days leading up to the collection day and we at the Community Food Basket encourage you to fill yours up! 100% juice, soup, canned fruit, and pasta sauce are always in high demand, but we welcome donations of any canned or dry goods (for safety, please avoid glass jars).
If you’d like to get even more involved, we need many volunteers that Saturday to make it all happen. We’ll need help here at the pantry (519 W. Madison St.) beginning at 9 a.m. and throughout the day to sort and put away the food. We also need teams to help gather the donations. The day works best when there is a driver and one to three runners to follow each carrier along their route. The runners collect the bags from the mailboxes and put them into the driver’s vehicle.
If you’d like to help, you can email beth@ottawafoodbasket or call 815-431-0155.
As always, we at the Community Food Basket want to thank our neighbors here in Ottawa and the surrounding area for your generous support! You make the work we do to close the meal gap possible.
Beth Vercolio-Osmund, Director of Development Community Food Basket of Ottawa