Saturday’s food drive benefits Holt food pantry

SOHLoHOLT, Fla., May 10, 2018–Letter carriers across the nation are again asking for non-parishable food donations Saturday.

Held the second Saturday in May, the 26th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive by the National Association of Letter Carriers is the nation’s one-day food collection event designed to help replenish local food banks.

pantry5232The Holt Community Food Pantry directly benefits from the annual Stamp Out Hunger drive.

Food collected by Holt’s local letter carriers is gathered at the Baker Post Office branch where it is divided among the appropriate food pantries in Holt and Baker.

“The food drive is one of the most important ways the Holt pantry restocks its shelves,” said Donna Ash, pantry manager. “This time of year, after the holidays, the pantry shelves can get pretty bare.”

Last year’s drive generated between 800 and 1,100 pounds of food, according to Ash.

“We serve around 160 families once a month,” she said, “so the canned goods are really important to us.”

The pantry also accepts fresh garden vegetables and fruits from local farmers, said Ash.

For Saturday’s drive, food for donation needs to be bagged and placed next to the mailbox early in the morning before letter carriers begin their routes. Carriers will collect donated food as they deliver the mail.

Anyone who forgets about or will be out of town for Saturday’s drive can drop off donated food to the Holt Post Office.

Food can also be donated directly to the Holt Community Food Pantry, the First Baptist Church of Holt, the Holt Water Works office or call for pickup at 850-240-5287 or 850-537-2170.

Additionally, any donated food after Saturday’s drive can be dropped off at any of the above locations.

Monetary donations for the pantry can be mailed to: First Baptist Church of Holt Food Pantry, P. O. Box 38, Holt, FL 32564.

Last year’s national food drive collected nearly 71 million pounds of non-perishable food in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Stephanie Holcombe

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