The National Association of Letter Carriers held their nationwide Stamp Out Hunger food drive campaign on Saturday, May 12, 2012. The idea was to fill a bag full of nonperishables for your neighborhood mailperson to pick up on collection day (Saturday) and to ultimately feed needy families in the community.
The Menifee area alone had an incredibly successful campaign, collecting 12,017 pounds of food in total. An estimated 50 volunteers spent their Saturday unloading, transporting, and sorting the donations.
Several volunteers stationed themselves at the post office on Haun Road. Together they helped the letter carriers offload their mail trucks and then reload the bags of donations to transport over to the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard.
Once at the Community Cupboard dozens of efficient volunteers quickly sorted the donations into categories, which were boxed up and brought inside the Cupboard to stock the shelves.
This preliminary sorting acted as a basic organization of the 12,017 pounds of contributions. Sandy Aldridge, of the Community Cupboard, said, “It will still take about a week to completely sort and put away all of the food.”
This amount of food will feed those in need of assistance in the community for about six to eight weeks. At which time the Community Cupboard will run a replenishment food drive at the local Ralph’s.
Those who are interested in volunteering can contact the Cupboard at (951) 301-4414.
Menifee Valley Community Cupboard
26808 Cherry Hills Blvd.
Sun City, CA 92586
Website: Menifee Valley Community Cupboard