Editorial: Help mail carriers stamp out hunger

Mail carriers in the city of Uvalde are collecting non-perishable food items in an annual effort known as Stamp Out Hunger. And while yesterday was the official day designated for the food drive that was begun 27 years ago by the National Association of Letter Carriers, we encourage residents to donate today and next week to this important cause.

Many residents found the trademark brown paper bag that was left in their mailbox last week. If so, it’s an easy matter to fill it with canned and other non-perishable food and leave it by the same mailbox. If you did not receive the bag (there was a limited supply), use another bag or box and leave it for your mail carrier. Customers with a post office box or others wishing to do so may take their donations to the post office at 103 S. Getty St.

Letter carriers also welcome monetary donations during the food drive. Checks should be addressed to the Uvalde Food Pantry.

According to the United States Census Bureau, a little over 20 percent of our county’s population lives in poverty. The metric for poverty is anything below $25,000 per year (or less than $69 per day) for a family of four. Needless to say, that kind of income leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to feeding the family. And in many cases there are more than four mouths to feed.

It is for this reason that the efforts of the city’s mail carriers should be met with our enthusiastic support. In fact, we should be cognizant of hunger in our midst not just once a year but every day that a child or adult does not find enough food to thrive.

“Stamp Out Hunger” is a catchy phrase befitting the National Association of Letter Carriers. But it is up to us to support efforts that provide a safety net for those who – despite hard work in meaningful jobs – still come up short in the grocery line.



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