Throughout the history of The Daily Bread Community Kitchen, the carriers of the United States Postal Service’s Morristown office have provided thousands of pounds of food to the ministry through the “Stamp Out Hunger” program.
This year, however, has been no typical year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under normal circumstances, the Postal Service has donated up to 18,000 pounds of food, but this year’s drive was postponed due to the pandemic. The drive normally takes place the second Saturday in May.
In lieu of the food drive, Postal Service employees at the South Cumberland Street main branch made a monetary donation to Larry Shropshire, president of The Daily Bread Community Kitchen Wednesday morning. This is the 25th year that the Morristown USPS office has made donations to The Daily Bread.
Shropshire shared a story of a man named Norman who comes to the Daily Bread daily.
“What a heart Norman has,” Shropshire said. “He comes to eat with us every day, six days a week. If we were handing out meals, he would give me a little cross he had made. He handed it to me and told me that he loved me. I’m telling you, when you make that kind of impact on somebody, it touches your heart and you all are doing that. You all are the reason that happens.
“We have people like that all over this community that by no fault of their own, they’re hungry,” Shropshire said. “Thank you for all you do to help us to the ministry. Every little bit helps.”
The donation from the Postal Service employees will be used to purchase food for the kitchen, according to Shropshire.
“The food drive normally produces 70 percent of our nonperishable food that we receive throughout the year,” he said. “We received 18,000 pounds of food last year. We’ve averaged 15,000 pounds the years the food drives took place.”
The Postal Service is hopeful to have the drive in August or September, but is subject to change due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.
According to Shropshire, evening meals are scheduled to resume on Monday, July 20.
To donate to The Daily Bread Community Kitchen, call 423-581-7733