2018-05-10 / Front Page

‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive starting

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SWARTZ CREEK – Hope Moreland says God always provides, and she and the volunteers at the Swartz Creek Food Basket are hoping God will work through area residents during the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday.

The Food Basket – a project of the United Methodist Church of Swartz Creek, St. Mary Queen of Angels church and Messiah Lutheran Church – nourishes about 200 families and 500 to 525 individuals every month.

Every year, local postal workers collect donations of nonperishable food and personal care items along their routes, and deliver them to the Food Basket at the United Methodist Church, so all donations will help people in the Swartz Creek area.

Moreland said the Food Basket serves many people who are “chronically underemployed” or trying to support families on minimum wage jobs.

“We have a lot of widows, too, who are trying to support themselves on Social Security alone,” she said. “It’s very difficult, especially if they have medical issues.

“Unexpected bills – car repairs, the furnace goes out – that’s another difficulty. So, a lot of our clients are right on that edge and if anything goes wrong, it’s devastating.”

Swartz Creek Postmaster Marilyn Onufry said last year’s collection was “way down” from previous years.

“It was disappointing,” Onufry said. “A lot of people in Swartz Creek really need it and depend on it. Even one can is appreciated.”

Reminder cards went out in the mail this week. Residents are asked to leave their donations next to their mailboxes. Carriers will take the donations directly to the church where volunteers will unload the trucks.

There also is a collection cart at the Swartz Creek Post Office.

The Food Basket is open from 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays at the Methodist Church, 7400 Miller Road.

To be eligible, the head of household must fill out a form. Photo identification is required as proof of residency within the Swartz Creek Community Schools district.

For information or to donate food, personal care items or funds, call the church at 810-635-4555 or St. Mary Queen of Angels church at 810-635- 3240.

Stamp Out Hunger, launched in 1993, is the country’s largest single-day food drive, according to the U.S. Postal Service. It takes place annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

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