MyHometownPost Brands
Sat, May 11 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Ponca City
United Way Partners with the local post office for the largest one-day food drive in the United States. This food drive happens to be one of the easiest to be a part of; all it takes is a quick trip to your mailbox.
On Saturday, May 11th over 175,000 letter carriers nationwide, will be picking up food donations on their regular mail routes during the 31st Annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive.
2023 food drive brought in 15,000 pounds of food to fill the local food bank, pantries and shelters here in Ponca City. The need is great with hunger striking many more Americans than last year– we see the faces of the hungry children, elderly and families every day as we deliver their mail says Ashley Cutright Ponca City Postmaster.
Throughout the week leading up to the food drive, local letter carriers will be dropping off reminder post cards and special grocery bags to both city and rural residents’ mailboxes. The letter carriers encourage those who can help to fill the bags, or any other grocery bag, with nonperishable food items and leave them by their mailboxes on the morning of Saturday, May 11th. Your letter carrier will do the rest, making sure the food gets to the seven agencies that help those in our community. The numbers are staggering with more than 50 million American are unsure where their next meal is coming from.
Below are the local agencies that will receive the canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, tuna fish, Campbell’s Soup, and other non-perishable food items that are left on the porches throughout our community.
Survivor Resource Network-aka Domestic Violence Program 580.762.2873, for those experiencing abuse – food, clothing and other necessities are provided to both adults and children in crisis.
New Emergency Resource Agency located at 112 S. 1st. helps individuals and families with a variety of emergency services. For hungry families and individuals in Kay County they can receive a weeks’ worth of emergency food assistance while they are applying for other assistance and looking for work.
Peachtree Landing located at 105 W. Hazel provides a home for the homeless as they struggle to get back on their feet and gain permanent housing.
Friendship Feast located at 210 N 5th St. is a nondenominational, free meal program serving hot meals Monday-Thursday each week. About 20 different groups serve each month with about 220 volunteer per month. They routinely average over a hundred guests per night.
The Mission located at 909 E. South Avenue, provides a feeding program on Tuesday-Thursday, breakfast is served at 9am and lunch is at 1pm, on Friday lunch is served at 12pm.
Sean Andersons Blessings box
If you are unable to place your food items by your mailbox, you may bring them to the United Way office at 205 N. 2nd St. If you would like to volunteer call United Way at 765-2476.