Windsor Post Office letter carriers are asking Windsor residents to place non-perishable food donations in a bag by their mailboxes on Saturday in recognition of the 22nd National Letter Carrier Food Drive.
The canned food will be taken by the letter carriers to the Windsor Food Pantry, 1020 Walnut St., to help fill its shelves.
Letter carrier Donna Schurger, the coordinator for the food drive at the Windsor Post office, said the food will be used during the summer months when food donations are normally down and free or reduced lunches aren’t available for kids out of school.
“Last year with the floods, the food banks were hit hard,” Schurger said.
Schurger said close to 3,000 pounds of food items were collected by Windsor letter carriers in 2013, the highest since 2009, the year after the Windsor tornado.
“Windsor is generous when they know people are in need,” Schurger said. “With the flooding last year, this area was highly impacted.”
Schurger said coordinating the food drive every year has been a good thing for her to do.
“If you’ve ever been hungry, you know what that’s about. I grew up in a large family. I understand the need and how expensive it is. Anymore with raising kids we all know how tough that is,” she said. “We have a lot of elderly who live here in our community. We just hate to see them choose between: ‘Am I going to eat today or am I going to pay my rent?’ We take it for granted. It’s very humbling for people. If there is a source for them to get the food, to me it’s a good thing in our community that we have this here.”
Schurger said the letter carriers’ emphasis is on canned goods, but they’ll take sugar, flour, peanut butter and other items.
She said people can drop off food items before Saturday at the post office, 215 6th St., or call at (970) 686-2445 for more information.
Schurger said the letter carriers volunteer their time during the food drive.