Help Stamp Out Hunger in Polk County

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, April 29, 2014

On May 10, postal carriers across the country will conduct a food drive to assist those affected by hunger. The nationwide drive, ‘Stamp Out Hunger,’ is part of a joint effort by the US Postal Service and the Campbell’s Soup Company to help over 50 million Americans who struggle with hunger.
Locally, hunger affects over one in four children and a disproportionate number of the elderly and disabled, according to statistics from the country’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to hunger. Carol Newton, Executive Director for Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry (Outreach), says that Outreach has seen record numbers of individuals and families applying for food aid during the past several months. “When we see such a high number of people coming in, it is difficult for us to keep our shelves stocked. We rely on the community’s financial generosity and food drives such as Stamp Out Hunger to help us feed our less fortunate neighbors,” she said.
The concept of Stamp Out Hunger is simple. Buy a few extra items of non-perishable food (please no glass containers) the next time you’re in the grocery store. On May 10, place the food in a plastic bag and leave it at your mailbox (Mill Spring residents, please bring your items to your post office). Postal carriers throughout Tryon, Columbus and Saluda will pick up the food as they deliver the mail. Contributions will be gathered and donated to Outreach, the County’s only certified food pantry. One hundred percent of the food donated will be distributed to Polk County residents in need. Examples of non-perishable food items that you can leave at your mailbox include: peanut butter; canned soup; canned meats and fish; canned vegetables, fruits, and juices; boxed goods such as cereal, pasta and rice.
Participating in this effort is a small way to make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. Won’t you help ‘stamp out hunger’ in our community?
Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1991. The organization’s mission is to provide compassionate assistance to Polk County residents who are unable to provide for their basic life needs. For more information on Outreach, please visit or call 828-894-2988. For more information on Stamp Out Hunger, visit
– article submitted
by Wendy Thomas

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