By Conrad Dudderar
Volunteers are being recruited to help pick up and sort food collected in the Saturday, May 14th “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive in Yukon.
For the first time in three years, Yukon will participate in this effort sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
The food drive will benefit Manna Pantry, a Canadian County food cupboard housed inside the new Together We Center at 620 N Cemetery Road.
“Our goal is to collect 35,000 pounds of food,” Manna Pantry Director Sherri Rogers said. “This is the first time we’ve had the Letter Carriers Food Drive since May 2019, so we really look forward to having it again.”
In past years, nearly 30,000 pounds of food have been collected to help the non-profit food pantry.
“That used to last about four months,” Rogers said.
Yukon postal customers will be asked to leave canned and dry goods (no perishables) by their mailboxes to be picked up May 14.
Mail carriers will leave plastic bags during the week for people to fill with their donated food stuffs.
“Their postman or a volunteer from the pantry will come by that Saturday and get it,” Rogers said. “We’re not sure yet how many routes we’re going to have to run.”
Help is needed at the Manna Pantry to weigh, sort and pack in boxes the food collected that day.
“We welcome all volunteers – Boy Scout troops, Girl Scout troops, churches, small groups, football teams, civic groups, companies, families, and individuals,” the director added.
Since Manna Pantry’s recent move to a 2,000-square foot space in the Together We Center, the demand for its service has grown considerably – across Canadian County.
“We’re now serving a larger area, not just Yukon and Piedmont,” Rogers pointed out. “With the economy, we’re seeing a lot more people coming in for food.”
Since opening Jan. 18 at its new site, Manna Pantry has served more than 420 families and some 1,300 individuals.
The pantry is open: Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursdays from 5-8 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
“We are running 15 to 20 families every time we’re open,” Rogers noted. “We were used to running eight to 10.”
Starting June 1, Manna Pantry will be open Mondays from 5-8 p.m. to help meet the increased need.
Volunteers interested in helping with the May 14th Letter Carriers Food Drive for Manna Pantry should call (405) 265-0193.