A little help can go a long way when you’re fighting hunger. We all have a prime opportunity to make that come true Saturday, May 14, during the 19th Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive.
It’s easy, it’s inexpensive and it will help our fellow Oklahomans who are struggling to feed their families and/or themselves during difficult economic times by joining in the Stamp Out Hunger effort.
All you need do is put nonperishable food items in the plastic bag your letter carrier leaves at your mailbox this week, and place the bag near that spot by 7 a.m. Saturday. Any plastic bag with a handle will work as well.
The carriers will pick them up and take them to post offices, where the items are sorted and delivered to food pantries and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for distribution.
So what kinds of food items are needed? Those like canned meats; rice and beans; vegetables and fruits; even peanut butter.
The goal this year is to get 900,000 pounds (450 tons). That may sound like a lot, but it really isn’t when you consider that thousands of Oklahomans go hungry each day, or barely get by. A few canned items can make a big difference in their lives.
If you would prefer to make a money donation, you can go online to regionalfoodbank.org, or text “CAN” to 27722 to do a $10 gift. Organizers say each dollar donated provides seven meals to a hungry person, and all donations stay in Oklahoma.
For more information about how you can help our disadvantage residents, go to knowit.newsok.com/charity-oklahoma or to knowit.newsok.com/homless-oklahoma and check the resources locations.
Here’s your opportunity to help and feel good about doing so.