Staff from the Northwest Ohio Community Action Commission show samples of what will stuff the bus. The food drive is in cooperation with the National Letter Carrier’s Union’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday. Collections will take place Friday at the Walmart parking lot, and Saturday at mailboxes. Pictured are PATH Center Activities Coordinator Linda Mayer, IDA Coordinator Amy McMaster, and HPRP Housing Specialist Ashlee Yeutter. (Photos submitted)
Staff from the Northwest Ohio Community Action Commission show samples of what will stuff the bus. The food drive is in cooperation with the National Letter Carrier’s Union’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday. Collections will take place Friday at the Walmart parking lot, and Saturday at mailboxes. Pictured are PATH Center Activities Coordinator Linda Mayer, IDA Coordinator Amy McMaster, and HPRP Housing Specialist Ashlee Yeutter. (Photos submitted)
VAN WERT - This year the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive conducted by the National Letter Carriers Union is getting a boost from the Northwest Ohio Community Action Commission (NOCAC).

The postal food drive is in its 20th year this year and will take place this Saturday. Van Wert Postmaster Kris Gray stated, "Letter carriers and rural carriers will be picking up donations of non-perishable food items left at residents' mailboxes on Saturday. The earliest delivery time is about 8:45 a.m. and the latest should be about 4:15 p.m."

Grey said the food would be donated to local food banks. He also thanked Mace Body Shop and Auto Repair for donating a collection truck for the food items.

Another vehicle will be used for food donation collection on Friday. A small school bus will be parked in the Walmart parking lot in Van Wert from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday. Anyone can bring in donations of non-perishable food items that will then be stuffed into the bus. The goal for the day will be filling the vehicle with donations, which will then be taken to the post office to be placed in the collections truck.

According to NOCAC's Amy McMaster, the commission wanted to raise awareness in the community about hunger poverty, and homelessness in northwest Ohio.
"In addition, NOCAC Head Start is in the process of recruiting preschool children for the 2012-2013 school year. Head Start makes preschool children ages 3-5 from low-income households 'school ready!' The Stuff the Bus campaign is utilizing the bright yellow School Buses to get the attention of the people in the communities of Northwest Ohio. All NOCAC food donations will benefit the local area pantries and many of the clients we serve will utilize the food banks."