May 6, 2010

Recession Pushes Need for Letter Carrier Food Drive

With local unemployment figures for March at 9.7% and Scotland Ministerial Alliance Pantry helping nearly 500 people per month, the need for the Letter Carrier Food Drive has never been greater.

Many people in Scotland County are still affected by the recession. Said Peggy Kirkpatrick, Executive Director of The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. More than 54%, or one in two children in Memphis Public Schools financially qualify for the federally subsidized meals at school.

This Saturday, May 8th, the community can help stock local pantry shelves for the summer months by participating in the 18th annual National Association of Letter Carriers food drive.

To participate, residents fill the grocery bag they receive in the mail, or any bag, with non-perishable food items. Leave the bag by their mailbox on Saturday, May 8th by 9 a.m. and letter carriers and volunteers will pick up the donations that day.

All the food will stay in Memphis and be distributed by The Food Bank to Scotland Ministerial Alliance Pantry.

Last years efforts raised more than 208,000 pounds of food. With the increase in need, our hope is the amount will double! Kirkpatrick said.

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri (formerly Central Missouri Food Bank) distributes free food to 80 elementary schools with the Buddy Pack Program and 135 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters for the homeless and abused, low-income childrens programs and senior programs in 32 counties in central and northeast Missouri helping to feed more than 95,000 people per month. The Scotland Ministerial Alliance Pantry regularly receives free food from The Food Bank.

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