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Food drive fills need at SCV Food Pantry

Posted: May 14, 2016 5:08 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2016 5:29 p.m.
Volunteers from the West Ranch High School Action Team unload bags of donated food from postal trucks that were picked up by letter carriers making their postal deliveries as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive and brought to the U.S. Post Office, Valencia Branch to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Bank on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson. Volunteers from the West Ranch High School Action Team unload bags of donated food from postal trucks that were picked up by letter carriers making their postal deliveries as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive and brought to the U.S. Post Office, Valencia Branch to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Bank on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Volunteers from the West Ranch High School Action Team unload bags of donated food from postal trucks that were picked up by letter carriers making their postal deliveries as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive and brought to the U.S. Post Office, Valencia Branch to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Bank on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
West Ranch High School Action Team volunteer, Doug Gragg rolls a cart full of bags of donated food into a truck destined for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive at the U.S. Post Office, Valencia Branch on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson. West Ranch High School Action Team volunteer, Doug Gragg rolls a cart full of bags of donated food into a truck destined for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive at the U.S. Post Office, Valencia Branch on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
West Ranch High School Action Team volunteer, Doug Gragg rolls a cart full of bags of donated food into a truck destined for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive at the U.S. Post Office, Valencia Branch on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
West Ranch High School Action Team volunteers fill a cart with of bags of donated food destined for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry which were collected by U.S. Postal letter carries as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive at the U.S. Post Office, Valencia Branch on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson. West Ranch High School Action Team volunteers fill a cart with of bags of donated food destined for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry which were collected by U.S. Postal letter carries as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive at the U.S. Post Office, Valencia Branch on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
West Ranch High School Action Team volunteers fill a cart with of bags of donated food destined for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry which were collected by U.S. Postal letter carries as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive at the U.S. Post Office, Valencia Branch on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
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The largest one-day food drive today couldn’t have come at a better time for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, and for food pantries nationwide.

As summer approaches, donations typically hit a low point. But Saturday’s 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive increased the supply substantially.

The public is asked to leave non-perishable food by their mailboxes every second Saturday in May. Postal carriers collect the food, volunteers sort it out, and the bounty goes to a local charity organization.

In the case of the Santa Clarita Valley, it went to the SCV Food Pantry.

“Thank you to the letter carriers and the USPS for taking part in this food drive, and we’re appreciative to those in the community who gave,” said Jason Schaff, president of the board for the SCV Food Pantry. "Thanks also go out to all the community volunteers who helped during the day."

Locally, donations have ranged from 17 tons to 34 tons, said Belinda Crawford, executive director of the Food Pantry, which she said typically distributes about one ton of food every day.

“The people in Santa Clarita are so very generous,” Crawford said. “Without their help, we would not be able to do what we do.”

The Action Team from West Ranch High School have been volunteering at the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive in the SCV for several years. Seven people with the club agreed the day was rewarding for them as volunteers.

They sorted and packed the food that was donated.

“We’ve seen all the hard work that goes into it,” said Action Team member Doug Grage, who has previously followed the process and has seen families receive much-needed donations from the Food Pantry.

Linda Lott, secretary of the Food Pantry board, said the food collected Saturday will fill up at least two storage units.

“What we collect today will get us all the way to September,” she said, adding that the Food Pantry will still need to buy supplemental items such as perishables.

Organizations and the city of Santa Clarita hold smaller food drives throughout the summer, but people can also donate at any time directly to the Food Pantry. Items always in need, Crawford said, are peanut butter, canned tuna, canned meat, canned fruit and macaroni and cheese.

Monetary donations help purchase specific items such as milk and other perishables. Basic hygiene supplies are also distributed.

 

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