Workers from the Perry office of the U.S. Postal Service delivered many bags of food to the Perry Food Pantry Wednesday in the 25th annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive held Saturday, May 13.
Local letters carriers distributed collection bags bags about two weeks ago, which Perry residents were encouraged to fill with healthy, non-perishable foods. The full bags were collected last Saturday and specially delivered Wednesday to the Perry Food Pantry, housed at New Opportunities Dallas County Family Development Center in Crossroads Church in northern Perry.
Postmaster Janelle Hall and Letter Carrier Michael Pentico teamed up with Perry Food Pantry volunteers Lou Hoger and Ron Johnson to unload the numerous bags of wholesome donations, which will now meet the needs of the Perry area’s low-income and food-vulnerable population, which includes many senior citizens and families with children.
“This year’s food drive was one of our most successful,” said Hall. “The National Association of Letter carriers is honored to help stamp out hunger.”
Joining the letter carriers’ union in sponsoring the annual food drive are the AFL-CIO’s state and local labor councils, Jobs with Justice, the United Way, the American Red Cross, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Interfaith Worker Justice.
“No one should go hungry in a state as rich in food as Iowa and in a land as prosperous as the United States,” said Hoger. “We are thankful to Perry’s many generous residents who chose to share the wealth with their less fortunate neighbors again this year.”