After hearing stories about area students who only had a meal while at school, Shawnee letter carrier Royce Thompson said those stories are among the many reasons why the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive aims to collect about 20,000 pounds of food for the Shawnee area.
Saturday, letter carriers in 129 cities in Oklahoma, including Shawnee, will collect nonperishable food donations from households on their route. All donations collected here will stay local and benefit Mission Shawnee, which works to help local residents.
“This is the community where we carry mail — people we see on a daily basis,” said Thompson, who is the food drive coordinator in this area.
This event is part of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.
Thompson, who said they’ve been delivering bags for the drive to area mailboxes this week, said they may not get bags to everyone, so those not receiving one are asked to use one of their own when making food donations.
Residents are asked to fill the bags with nonperishable food items and place them by their mailbox for pickup on Saturday. Thompson, who asks that residents avoid items in glass jars for safety, said beans, rice, and other staple items, from soups to canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and similar foods are recommended.
Monetary donations can also be made online at regionalfooodbank.org or by calling 405.604.7109, but Thompson said those wanting donated funds to benefit Shawnee need to designate the donation as being for Mission Shawnee.
Nonperishable food donations can also be dropped off at participating post offices.
Last year, the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive raised 806,068 pounds of food and $1,069,574 for hungry Oklahomans. The local cities participating in the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive are Chandler, Harrah, Konawa, Meeker, Prague, Seminole, Shawnee and Tecumseh.