Stamping out hunger -- a step closer!

Pantry Board members Jill Anderson and Karen Miller
survey the first delivery of food by postal carriers.
Despite a bit of wind and rain, hundreds of area residents sacked up groceries and left them for their letter carrier Saturday (5/14/11) as part of the "Stamp Out Hunger" campaign to benefit the Spearfish Community Food Pantry.
Local carriers and the U.S. Postal Service have been participating in the local campaign for several years. The donations go to help the local pantry better serve our neighbors in need in the Spearfish and St. Onge vicinities.
"What a wonderful job the letter carriers have done over the years -- and continue to do -- by making this huge effort that benefits needy people in our area," said pantry president Karen Miller.
"Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in this campaign by making such generous donations of food. It helps us re-stock our dwindling inventory of food supplies, and allows us to continue our mission. And the postal workers do such a terrific job collecting and then delivering the food to the pantry. It's a BIG job, and it adds considerably to their work load, but they do it with smiles on their faces. They're a wonderful group of guys and gals!" said Miller.
Postal carrier Casey Davis
weighs donated food.

The final tally on the amount of food collected this year was 3,179 pounds, as the postal workers weighed the donations as they came in to the Spearfish Post Office. Last year, more than 4,200 pounds were collected. The rainy, cool weather this year may have cut in to the level of donations.
As always, we did snap a few photos of "behind the scenes" activity related to the "Stamp Out Hunger" campaign. You'll find those photographs -- along with a large collection of others from recent months -- in our Food Pantry Gallery.