Carriers help with food drive

Locals interested in participating in one of the largest food drives in the county will not have to leave their front yards, or likely even go to the grocery store.

The 22nd Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will be held on May 10, and those with donations will simply leave their non-perishable food items along with their regular mail drop off.

“If we got one item per postal address in this town, we would have 10,000 items,” Mercy Unlimited Food Pantry Manager Valerie Coffey said. “It can add up pretty easy, and if everybody does their part, it can be for a dollar or less.”

In-date, non-perishable food items will be accepted, including canned meats, vegetables and fruits, along with pastas, boxed potatoes, rice, cake mixes, powdered milk and Jello. Hygiene items will also be accepted. Glass containers should be avoided.

The letter carriers will drop off the donated food items to Mercy Unlimited, where it will be distributed between its food pantry and God’s Store House, depending on their needs.

“I had 3,400 people through the pantry last year that wouldn’t have had enough to eat. I can never provide everything,” Coffey said. “It helps a lot when you don’t have any resources. If we weren’t here, I don’t think they would know what to do. I think we’re a big resource for people.”

For the full story, see the Friday, April 25 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.