East AL postal services help fight food insecurity

East AL postal services help fight food insecurity

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - The Auburn and Opelika branches of the United States Postal Service are continuing their partnership with the Food Bank of East Alabama for Stamp Out Hunger, a food drive to fight food insecurity in our area.

“We’ve participated in it for as long as my food bank has been around and I started with the food bank in ’95,” said Martha Henk, Executive Director of the Food Bank of East Alabama. “We have done letter carriers every year and it’s one of those that we really look forward to.”

Henk says that this annual food drive is crucial for stocking up for the summer months.

“Summertime is when people tend to kind of forget to make donations; you don’t have a Thanksgiving or Christmas to remind you to make a donation. And people are traveling, they’re on vacation, they’re doing other things, they’re busy," she said. "So what often happens is we’ll see a decrease in donations around that time. When you put that against the backdrop of the children are out of school and many of those kids get free reduce lunch during the school year and most of those don’t have access to good feeding programs during the summers. So this food drive has a huge impact on enabling us to meet that need.”

Buddy Youngblood, postmaster of the Opelika Postal Service, said that he’s just glad he found a way to give back to the community.

“Over the course of 26 years, the postal service has collected 1.67 billion pounds of food,” he said. “One out of five people in this country go hungry everyday. So it’s a worthy cause. I encourage everybody to try to give. I’ve always been brought up that it’s better to give than to receive, and I just think it’s a good thing to do.”

Food bank employees and volunteers will be sorting through donations Monday and sending that food out to over 200 agencies.

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