On Saturday, our biggest food drive of the year will take place, led by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Last year’s food drive allowed us to provide 100,000 meals to those in need in mid-Michigan as a direct result of your generosity. Unfortunately, the level of need remains high.
Here’s why this event is so important:
1. Government data suggests that as much as 15 percent of people in our region are “food insecure.” That is about 100,000 people in the seven counties we serve. This means they may have to choose between paying for food and paying for things like rent, utilities and prescriptions. That’s a greater number than the capacity of Spartan Stadium. And it’s just not fair.
2. Children who rely on school meals will be put at risk once summer begins and class is not in session.
3. The long winter put a massive dent in our food supply at the warehouse. See the picture of the boxes below? They’re all empty and in need of replenishing.
Please consider leaving a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 10. The people of mid-Michigan take care of each other. Thank you.