You can help Stamp Out Hunger this Saturday

Our local letter carriers — members of the National Association of Letter Carriers — will collect nonperishable food items Saturday, May 11 for distribution to local residents who need it.

Carrier Randy Pettit said the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive collects about 4,000 pounds of food each year, but in 2012 carriers collected 5,360 pounds.

The food collected will be divided between the Salvation Army, Crossroads Ministries and the Lassen-Modoc Food Bank.

Residents who wish to donate may leave the food in their mailboxes or drop it off at the Main Post Office in Uptown Susanville or at the Eagle Station on Johnstonville Road.

Penny Artz, executive director of Lassen Senior Services, said the need for food in Lassen County is “much bigger than you think.”

She said her agency provides hot meals to between 100 and 120 seniors each day in Lassen County. They also feed about 25 seniors four days per week in Susanville, as well as groups of seniors in Westwood and Doyle.

Tami Barnett, of the Lassen-Modoc Food Bank, said there is a huge need for food in Lassen County.

She said he agency serves about 800 families a month, and many of those families contain elderly members or seniors with disabilities.

“It’s a necessary program,” Barnett said. “We have 11 sites in Lassen County and three in Modoc County. It’s something that feeds a lot of people.”

Startling food statistics
• More than 43 million or one-in-seven Americans is food insecure. Food insecurity means living at risk of hunger and not knowing where the next meal is coming from.
• More than 13 million or one-in-six children is living in a food insecure household. Hungry children cannot thrive — their physical, intellectual and emotional developments are limited.
• More than five million seniors (age 60 or more) choose between paying rent, utilities and having enough nutritious food.
• One-in-seven Americans live at or below the poverty level. The poverty level was $24,447 per year for a family of four in 2016.
• One-in-five households served by Feeding America has a member who has served in the U.S. military.
• One-in-10 adults served by Feeding America is currently a student.
• One-in-three households served by Feeding America has a member with diabetes. There are many places to partner with as your local recipient for food collected.
Besides using your relationships with local partners, look to social services in your county and state local government offices and local shelters and faith community centers.