HOLT, Fla., May 12, 2023—It’s time again for the country’s biggest one-day food drive.
Letter carriers around the United States will be collecting non-perishable donated food items while conducting their delivery rounds Saturday during the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
All donated food goes to local food banks, pantries and closets.
For Holt, that means all food donated in Holt fills the shelves at the Holt Community Food Pantry.
“This is the biggest food donation we get all year,” said Donna Ash, Holt pantry director. “It’s a very important food drive for us.”
Those who want to participate in the drive can leave their donated canned and dried good items in a sturdy bag next to their mailboxes before regular mail delivery. Letter carriers will pick up donations as they deliver the mail.
The food drive is held the second Saturday in May each year at a time when food pantry shelves are generally low following the winter holidays and as school years are drawing to a close and meal programs are suspended.
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Last year’s food drive generated an estimated 2,400 pounds of canned and dried goods. It took volunteers more than four hours to sort and stock the shelves.
The pantry will take any donated non-perishable food item with a current expiration date. The pantry accepts fresh garden produce from local farmers as well.
Those who miss getting their donations to their mailbox in time can drop off food donations to the Holt Post Office, the Holt Water Office or the First Baptist Church of Holt, or call for pickup at 850-240-5287 or 850-537-2170.
People can donate directly to the pantry at any time. Monetary donations are accepted and can be mailed to the First Baptist Church of Holt Food Pantry, P. O. Box 38, Holt, FL 32564