Delivering hope to those in need

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Delivering hope to those in need. Hundreds of families got a helping hand Saturday, thanks to special pick-up’s from local mail carriers.

It’s the annual food drive from the National Association of Letter Carriers.

“Our goal is to bring more food into the food bank to help feed our community. We’re going through some tough times as everybody is aware of,” said Keith McElroy, a NALC Representative.

Tough times the postal service hopes to make a little easier through their 22nd annual “Stamp Out Hunger.”

“They’re collecting the food on top of doing their routes. They reach out and one day a year they especially go above and beyond,” said McElroy.

With your help they hope to collect 75,000 lbs. of food which equals 68,000 meals for families who would otherwise go hungry.

“One in six individuals do not know where their meal is coming from, and with children its one in four, so that means many more children will go to bed with a full stomach tonight,” said Tom Kuhl, Director of Catholic Charities Food Bank in Terre Haute.

It’s a staggering statistic that shows just how widespread hunger is in Vigo County.

“A lot of times we think the economy is getting better, but with our local pantries the need has shown that there is about a 10% to 15% increase in demand,” said Kuhl.

A meal gap they strive to close through food drives like this one.

“There are individuals who still find it hard to find a good paying job, and even if they do have a job it doesn’t go far enough to feed their families,” said Kuhl.

“What we want to do is work hard as a community to give, and give, and give, and help, and help, and help,” said McElroy.

The food will be distributed to 92 agencies throughout seven counties.

If you missed the drop off time, they will continue to pick up donations; all you have to do is call Catholic Charities at (812) 232-1447.

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