Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

May 9, 2013

Team effort to help food drive

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Working together to help other folks is what Pauls Valley’s postal workers and others are looking to get done with an annual food drive this Saturday.

The drive by letter carriers is called “Stamp Out Hunger” as any and all food donations from mail recipients in the PV area will go to help a local food pantry.

Johnny Watson of Pauls Valley’s post office says anyone donating to the May 11 drive should remember to give the type of food that won’t spoil so easily.

“What we’re hoping for is donations of non-perishable, non-expired food items,” he said.

“Often we don’t get these kinds of things donated. Canned goods are always good.”

The way the drive works is simple — collect food donations, bag them up and leave them by your mailbox no later than early Saturday morning.

From there letter carriers and others helping out will then go around and pick up the donations, which will go to help the Delta Community Action food pantry restock its shelves.

Watson reminds residents to use any kind of bags to collect the donated food then simply leave the bag by their mailbox.

“Just sit it by the box and we will get it,” he said.

“If somebody does get their donations out late and misses us just give us a call and we’ll run out there and get it.”

The phone number to call is 405-238-3268.

He also knows it’s all for a good cause.

“We’re able to spend a few extra hours that one day and provide food for a lot of people,” Watson said.

“We’ll have a lot of our family members coming to help,” he said.

“It will pretty much be a team effort.”

PV is far from alone here in Garvin County as letter carrier food drives will also go on Saturday in Wynnewood, Stratford and Lindsay, along with dozens of others in central and western Oklahoma.

Most items needed for donations include canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, rice and beans.

Here in Pauls Valley the letter carriers’ drive has shown some definite growth since it collected 1,750 pounds of food back in 2006. The following year that number jumped to 3,825.

The big year here was 2008 when Pauls Valley residents donated more than 10,000 pounds of food.

The overall number has since then been up and down but still at a high level, including 9,000 pounds in 2011 and another 6,000 last year.