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May 8, 2014

Each little bit helps for postal food drive

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Some may see postal workers and those pitching in to help as real heroes when it comes to an annual food drive that in the past has proven to be big-time beneficial to local food pantries.

This year’s version of the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will again come to the Pauls Valley and Garvin County areas, along with most of the state this weekend.

The public is also being encouraged to help simply by leaving canned food donations next to their mailboxes on Saturday, May 10.

Those donations will be picked up by letter carriers on their regular mail routes and volunteers helping out during the day for this food drive that touches most of Oklahoma.

Anita Gosnell knows all too well how important these food drives are, especially this year.

Gosnell oversees the food pantry of the Delta Community Action located at 225 West McClure in Pauls Valley.

She says it’s a countywide service in real need of the food donations sure to come in on Saturday.

“We’re in need of anything and everything,” Gosnell said. “This food drive helps us a great deal.

“We don’t have anything stockpiled so getting anything would be great,” she said.

Gosnell and Angie Gaines of the Regional Food Bank in Oklahoma City both stress all donations in each city will go to help people in those communities.

“All donations will stay local,” Gaines said.

The mounds of food hoped for from Pauls Valley area residents will go to help the Delta pantry.

Gaines says throughout the week letter carriers are leaving plastic bags in mailboxes.

“We’re asking people to take the bag, fill it with canned food items and leave it by their mailbox so their carriers can pick them up,” she said.

Anyone wanting to help can also fill up other bags and donate them all to the cause.

Donated food should be non-perishables and can include canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meat like tuna and even peanut butter.

Called by Gaines as the largest food drive around, she says it’s a “huge deal” because the Regional Food Bank is currently down about 3.4 million pounds of food.

That makes it difficult to keep up with the demand from their partner agencies, which are essentially local food banks such as the countywide Delta service here.

“A lot of people we serve are families, children and seniors who are struggling,” Gaines said.

“For most people chances are there’s someone they know who has struggled at some point in their life with having enough to eat.”

She added donations can also be taken to the Delta food pantry in PV, 225 W. McClure, or to a local food bank in each community.

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