Letter carriers help Stamp Out Hunger
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Randy Minton picking up the donated food. Photo: Special to The Star
Randy Minton picking up the donated food. Photo: Special to The Star
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Benevolence Center executive director Heather Lamey said she couldn’t be happier with a recent gift from Piedmont’s letter carriers and residents.

Local letter carriers joined those across the country in a Stamp Out Hunger food drive. They delivered 3,800 pounds to the center Saturday.

“We can’t express our appreciation enough,” said Lamey. “This is enough food to help for several months. We’re grateful to the letter carriers who picked up the food from residents. We know they went out of their way to do that, and we thank them for it.”

Lamey said she’s also grateful to all the residents who donated food and volunteers who might have helped in any way.

Letter carrier Scotty Grimes said this is the sixth year the local post office has participated in the drive.

Grimes, like Lamey, said he’s happy with the amount collected.

“It was a lot,” he said. “It took more than one truck to get it to the Benevolence Center.”

The National Association of Letter Carriers started with a pilot drive in October 1991 and it provided so successful that it was made a nationwide effort.

Food banks and pantries suggested that late spring would be the best time for the drive, since most of the food donations are received over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays Also, school breakfasts and lunch programs aren’t available during the summer.

Lamey said that while she’s giving out thanks, she would like to include the more than 20 churches in the Piedmont area who donate to the center.

“We’re very grateful to them, to those who conduct food drives for us,” she said.

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com.
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