USPS Stamp Out Hunger team of letter carriers join Postmaster Rob Pratt following a hugely successful Stamp Out Hunger food drive in Newport which raised food donations for the Newport Food Pantry. Left to right: Sara Childress, Amber Gwynn, Alan Fisher,Ron Flowers, Paul Koehnen, Carol Sanchez, April Gwynn, Rob Pratt
Information provided by Newport Food Pantry
Stamp Out Hunger A Rousing Success in Newport!
Wow! This is the first “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive I’ve seen up close and I’ve been totally impressed from start to finish. Robert Platt, Newport Postmaster, and Ron Flowers, director of the 2012 food drive, were both so enthusiastic and helpful. The letter carriers all participated with equal verve, even knowing how much extra weight they were going to have to pick up during their routes. Lincoln Storage let us have a free space for three months so we have a place to store all the extra food. Pepsi loaned us a huge truck and wonderful driver, Joe Arnseorf, to pick up all the food and then take the huge totes back to the Post Office. And Ric Rabourn, General Manager of Hallmark Resort, donated gift certificates to Georgie’s Beachside Grill to thank the postal carriers for their hard work.
We also have a great group of volunteers who never batted an eye when I asked them to help unload, weigh, and sort all the food. We couldn’t have done it without the strong backs of Jim Gamb, Jerrick Haller, Evelyn Rasmussen, Ruby Pedersen, and Clay Creech.
Last, but certainly not least, we have to thank each person who took the time and trouble to purchase food to place by their mail boxes on Saturday. 5,342 pounds in all were collected in Newport alone. We unpacked peanut butter, cereal, tuna, soups, condiments, raisins, canned fruits, and a huge assortment of other items. Thank you, Newport, for your unending generosity. The huge variety of items you continually donate for us to put on the shelves is astounding. The pantry depends on your support so that no child in Newport goes to bed hungry.
Newport Food Pantry