Let’s pitch in and help our neighbors

Local postal carriers will be carrying a heavier load than usual today and they won’t mind a bit. In addition to their daily mail duties, they will be collecting and distributing non-perishable food and hygiene items to local food banks.

The campaign is an annual, nation-wide effort to “Stamp Out Hunger.” This is a perfect opportunity for anyone who wants to help out their neighbor but doesn’t have a lot of spare time or cash.

The process is simple.

All you have to do is leave non-perishable food or hygiene items in a bag in your mailbox and your mail carrier will pick them up and deliver them to the food bank nearest to your residence.

Local carriers are hoping county residents exceed the 120,000 pounds of non-perishable food, hygiene items, baby food and cleaning supplies donated last year.

Even though the campaign is a national one, all the food collected in Kitsap County will stay here, according to Tamra Ingwaldson of the United Way of Kitsap County. This year marks the 12th annual food drive.

“You help your entire neighborhood,” Ingwaldson said. “This is a nationwide opportunity for people to help their neighbors.”

At this time of year, there is an urgent need for food and non-food items in local food banks, as they are gearing up for the summer months. During the summer months, the food banks have to compensate for the school district’s free breakfast and lunch program, Ingwaldson said.

“It is extremely critical that this food drive is successful,” she said.“We’re asking people to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and ask themselves ‘What would I need if that were my family?’” she said.


Please donate what you can. In addition, there also is a need for volunteers to help sort and weigh food. To volunteer, call Anna Williams, one of the food drive coordinators, at (360) 271-6649.

All it takes is a bag of items set out next to your mailbox or a few hours of your time

Your neighbors will thank you.

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