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Opinion

May 10, 2013

Letter carriers help to Stamp Out Hunger

There’s still time to help someone you probably don’t know.

Saturday marks the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive by the National Association of Letter Carriers. In other words, your mail carrier will be working even harder than usual. Tomorrow morning, postal carriers and some helpers will pick up non-perishable food items deposited by generous postal customers — you included, we hope — by their mailboxes.

According to the association, the yearly, one-day food drive is the largest single-day food drive across America. Last year, letter carriers nationwide collected more than 70 million pounds of food donated by their customers along postal delivery routes. Since the program started 20 years ago, nearly 1.2 billion pounds of food have been collected.

The impact of the food drive will be felt in our community. Goshen Post Office staffers report that local beneficiaries of the collection effort will include The Window and The Salvation Army.

Examples of non-perishable food items include peanut butter; canned soup, meats, fish, vegetables, fruits and juices; boxed goods such as cereal; and pasta and rice. An informal price check this week by The Goshen News yielded this information: Non-perishable foods are within easy financial reach of most of us.

A can of beef ravioli or Green Giant green beans? Available for $1.37 and $1.67 apiece, respectively. The classic, no-frills goodness of a can of chicken and noodles? Priced at a mere $1.99.

This week, this newspaper can think of no better buy.

Statistics and anecdotal evidence suggests the nation continues to pull itself out of an economic slump. In the Goshen area, we increasingly hear of new business ventures and industrial expansion. It’s welcome news.

Still, not everyone is caught up in the rush of forward fiscal momentum. Too many people continue to rely on the services provided by charitable organizations. By and large these are good and hard-working people, and it’s a testament to a community’s character to care for them.

That’s the character of the people who call Goshen home.

Goshen PostAL carriers ask that food donations be set out by 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Perhaps that’s a tad early for those of us who opt to sleep in on the weekends.

We say set the alarm. Someone will be glad you did.

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