Ridgefield postal works to collect food Saturday
Food donations left at mailboxes Saturday will be delivered to the needy through Ridgefield’s 32 letter carriers and the Salvation Army. The 27th annual Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday, May, 2019.
“Last year was a tough one, we had bad weather and I think it had an impact on our collection,” said letter carrier Brian Hamilton, who’s coordinated the Ridgefield drive for 17 years now. “We collected ‘only’ 5,000 pounds of food, well below or record of 12,000.
“Everything we collect goes to the Salvation Army, who in turn supplies many local food banks and shelters. Every year our 32 letter carrier fill their trucks up with mail and as the load of mail gets delivered the truck is filled with much needed food for those of us who are in desperate need to feed their children. A simple donation that only takes a minute to go out to the mailbox can, can save a family from starvation. We only ask that you leave some canned goods, some pasta or some non perishable food items at or in your mailbox. This drive is extremely important, because it gets the food pantries through the lean summer months. With 42 million people facing hunger every day in America, including 13 million children, the generous people of Ridgefield are always willing to step up."