Harvest Hope Stamp Out Hunger Saturday with Postal Service

Ivan Schwartz
May 13, 2018

Letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America participate in the event, the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

The local Stamp Out Hunger coordinator joined the News 4 Weekend Wake Up team Saturday morning to help get the word out about Saturday's collection campaign.

Sounds of rain drops and crinkling bags are heard throughout Rapid City. "We've probably had close to 40 to 50 people volunteering here today, it's just a nice opportunity to gather together and give back to the community".

Dean Crisman says, "It's no problem". Leave bagged items at your mailbox to be picked up by your letter carrier. "We've always done a food drive in November with the Kiwanis Clubs helping us", said Robin Maness of the Valley Post Office. "It grew nationwide more and more and more".

This year, they collected more than 79,000 lbs. of food, and they expect a little more to trickle in on Monday.

Harvest Hope Stamp Out Hunger Saturday with Postal Service

Dean Crisman says, "It's awesome. It's a really big impact, for my pantry alone, which is 'Manna for Life Food Pantry, ' that provides us with several months of extra groceries that we can hand out", Clements added. It was an eye-opener.

"Usually we are getting between 40,000 and 60,000 pounds of food", said Raymond.

The drive gathered more than 1 million pounds of food in the area past year, enough for 830,000 meals, Burrell said.

"That helped boost our totals", Alonso said. They focused on asking people to donate healthy food. The national campaign encourages the public to donate a grocery bag full of non-perishable food items, by leaving them either at their mailbox or front door.

You can also make a cash donation.

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