By Linda Cooper
On Saturday, May 9, letter carriers from the Millington Post Office collected non-perishable food items from generous donors throughout the community in the National Association of Letter Carriers 23rd annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Earlier in the week of May 9, the post office delivered grocery bags to postal customers asking them to participate, by placing food items in the bags and leaving them by their mailboxes for the post office to collect on the designated day.
The Millington Post Office delivered the bags to the Millington Food Pantry on Friday, May 15. According to food pantry volunteer Gail DeLancey the Millington Post Office delivered two mail trucks full of food to the pantry. “The response this year was overwhelming. It’s the largest amount the pantry has ever received through this food drive.” She added, “I don’t think our pantry has ever been so fully stocked. We are extremely grateful to the Millington Post Office and the generous response from the community.”
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive occurs on the second Saturday in May each year in more than 10,000 cities, towns and communities across the country, and is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. An estimated 49 million Americans face hunger each day in the United States, including 16 million children.
Locally, the Millington Food Pantry fed some 4,000 people last year in the city of Millington and the annex reserve. The pantry is located at the First United Methodist Church, 8029 Wilkinsville Road. The pantry’s new hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and Wednesday evenings from 5-7 p.m. Those needing assistance are seen by appointment only and may contact the pantry at 872-2771 to schedule an appointment. Additional information about the Millington Food Pantry may be found on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/