110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Al Everson
posted May 22, 2014 - 11:51:47am
West Volusia food banks gained at least 120,000 pounds, thanks to the U.S. Postal Service letter carriers’ "Help Stamp Out Hunger" food drive May 10.
Postal officials said food is still trickling in, but preliminary figures show:
• DeLand, 36,900 pounds
• Orange City and DeBary, 23,000 pounds
• Deltona, 65,000 pounds
The National Association of Letter Carriers spearheads the Help Stamp Out Hunger food drive, which has become an annual tradition since 1992. Donations left at mailboxes are passed along to local charities.
The food drive comes at a time when churches and charities with food banks are often out of food donated during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods.
Susan Clark, executive director of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, based in DeLand, said her agency received 7,500 pounds of food, and while that may seem like a lot, she expects it to last a few days at most.
Clark said an average of 50 people are coming to the Neighborhood Center in DeLand each weekday, and she and her staff typically send each one away with about 25 pounds of food.
"We always need more food during the summer, because the kids are out of school," Clark said.
Families with children who receive free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches at their schools have to find other ways to stave off hunger during the summer vacation.
Volusia County Community Services, using federal funding, helps plug the hunger gap by setting up a summer-feeding program at various sites around the county.
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