This annual event occurs every year on the second Saturday of May. For Grant County, there is a special need for strong community involvement.
“No matter where you are, you can see the hunger needs in Grant County,” Lisa Huber, director of Brookhaven Wesleyan Church’s food kitchen, said.
According to Feeding America’s “Map the Meal Gap,” Grant County has a 15.5 percent food insecurity rate.
Huber said that last year’s food drive provided food pantries across the area with 5,000 pounds of food.
“Even if you don’t have much, you can still give, you can still make a difference,” Huber said.
Becky Stubbs, a Marion resident, has participated in this food drive for the past several years.
“It wakes me up and makes me aware that there are people out there with real needs,” Stubbs said. “It’s a great cause.”
For residents to participate in this drive, a paper bag of non-perishable, packaged food can be placed out with the mail. Postal workers will gather the donated items and take them to various distribution places throughout the community.
John Salter, an employee of Marion’s downtown Post Office, has worked this event for the past several years. He said there are a lot of opportunities to help transport the donations.
“Even if you forget to put it out with the mail, you can call the post office and we might be able to swing by and pick it up from you,” Salter said. “We also accept drop-off donations as well.”
Volunteers are still needed at the post office and at the distribution centers. Individuals can help out at the Post Office by shadowing mail delivery vehicles and collecting donations to be later dropped off.
“It’s really grown over the past few years,” Salter said. “It helps out a lot of people.”