IRON RIVER —The Iron River Post Office will participate in the largest one-day, nationwide food drive on Saturday, May 10.
Carriers will collect non-perishable food items as they deliver mail in order to fill the shelves of the local food pantry.
The challenge of hungry families, children, senior citizens, and working folks is tragically very real. Today, in the United States, one in six Americans are food insecure. That’s about 49 million Americans. This figure includes nearly 16 million children. Schools provide some meals for children, but the schoolyear will soon be finished.
The food pantry must fill the gap in many cases. Carriers will pick up food items in or near mailboxes.
If your carrier walks to deliver the mail, there will be a volunteer along to help collect the food. Those who get their mail from a post office box may bring food items to any of the local post offices.
The last food drive, in 2012, collected 7,466 pounds of food for the local pantry.
The success is credited to the generous folks in the local communities. Their response to the request for food donations was overwhelming.