|Residents left donated food at mailboxes|
Postal carriers with the Ferrum Post Office work together to load approximately 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food items collected from residents of the Ferrum community during this year’s annual “Stamp Out Hunger” campaign. The food was delivered to the Ferrum Community Mission Center.
Friday, May 16, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - staff Writer
Post offices in Franklin County collected around 13,500 pounds of non-perishable food Saturday during the 22nd annual national food drive to "Stamp Out Hunger."
Residents were asked to place non-perishable food donations at their mailboxes for postal carriers to pick up.
"The participation of the community was just wonderful," said Cindy Sours, acting postmaster of the Rocky Mount Post Office. "We really appreciate the community pitching in and giving to those who don't have as much."
All county post offices participated, resulting in about 10,000 pounds of donated food to Heavenly Manna food bank, 2,000 to Stepping Stone Mission soup kitchen and 1,500 to the Ferrum Community Mission Center.
All food from this event was collected in Franklin County and remains in Franklin County.
Heavenly Manna currently serves approximately 600 area families a month with the number of needy families increasing during the holiday months.
Stepping Stone Mission serves a noon meal everyday, including all holidays, to those in need. The mission relies solely on donations, and that includes donations of food.
The Ferrum Community Mission Center, an outreach project of St. James United Methodist Church, is a clothes closet and food pantry for those in need. It operates solely on donations and volunteers. The Center is located on Route 40 West in Ferrum and is open on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Assisting in the pick up and delivery of the donated food was the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and volunteers from each post office involved.