By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The Millington Food Pantry received several special deliveries last month from the U.S. Postal Services.
Approximately 9,302 pounds worth of donated food from Flag City residents packed mail trucks. Millington Central High School volunteers grabbed shopping carts to make sure the food would be sorted and stored on shelves of the Food Pantry.
“The Post Office has a food drive the first Saturday after Mother’s Day,” Food Pantry Director Gail Delancey said. “As you can see, we’re covered up in food. And the school sent us some people over to help us. They are sorting them and putting them on the shelves.”
MCHS volunteers Bobby Macklin, Bria Barnes, Traci Clark, Tyler Denson and Jordan Tincher unloaded bags of can goods, boxes of dry food and more. Along side Food Pantry regulars, the students got an education on the purpose of the Millington Food Pantry located on the campus of the Millington First United Methodist Church.
“Before they started today, I walked them through what we do here which is serve the 38053 area and that hunger is real,” Delancey said. “So far this year from January to the end of April, we’ve served 483 people food. We give them grocery. This is a community effort.”
After members of the community to raise food were Dollar Tree and USA Stadium. The Food Pantry regularly purchases food at a discount rate of 17 cents a pound as part of Hunger in America.
The deliveries made by the Post Office were an addition to the inventory.
“This the citizens giving back to Millington, which doesn’t get any better than that,” Delancey concluded. “Millington taking care of Millington.”