2018-04-15 / News

Local mail carriers seek to Stamp Out Hunger

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com

LAPEER — A billion pounds of food sounds like a lot. That’s how much food National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) members have collected over the past 24 years with their Stamp Out Hunger food drive. But there are 49 million Americans, including 16 million children, facing hunger every day.

Mail carriers in Lapeer and Attica are hoping area residents are generous once again as they make Stamp Out Hunger pick-ups May 12.

Attica mail carrier Susan Bishop, who is the coordinator of the LICA (Lapeer Interfaith Christian Association) Soup Kitchens, said the drive is “our life blood.”

She said the two to three tons of canned and non-perishable food collected in the city of Lapeer and on the Post Office’s 26 rural routes allowed each of the five participating churches in LICA to put on a weekly dinner.

Bishop said mail carriers used to send the Stamp Out Hunger donations to the Eastern Michigan Food Bank in Flint, but a few years ago decided to keep the donations in Lapeer County.

Bishop said food items collected by Lapeer mail carriers are “donated to the LICA soup kitchens, stored at the Grace Episcopal Church food pantry to be used in the five area soup kitchens and in food baskets we distribute thru Love INC. on an as-needed basis.” She added food collected by mail carriers at the Attica Post Office is donated to the food bank at the Attica United Methodist Church.

Mail carriers on Attica’s four rural routes typically collect about a ton of food.

Food collected by mail carriers in

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