Stamp Out Hunger Day @ A Mailbox Near You | Saturday, May 11, 2019

You’ve seen the postcard in your mailbox each year, and it’s time again to pull together some non-perishable food items, place them in a plastic bag, and leave it by your mailbox to be collected by your mail carrier on May 11. From there, your food items will help stock the shelves of Family Service, Inc’s new warehouse shelves, while every dollar donated will be used to continue the organization’s services for Food, Rent and Utility Assistance, and Education for Better Employment.

Mid-month, Family Service will be making the move to their new location (3927 1st Avenue South), leaving the building that this 100-year-old non-profit had called home for over 30 years. From May 28-31*, Family Service will be closed for services, reopening to the public on June 3 for programs and services at 8am. Their new Thrift Store will also be open that day. (Family Service will hold a community-wide Grand Opening Celebration on June 14, 11am-1:30pm). 

At their new location, Family Service Development Director, Karla Stricker tells us, in addition to being able to serve more people, there will be a Drive-Thru Drop Off for all donations, making it possible to accept more donations without dealing with weather conditions. They’ll be able to accept used appliances and home furnishings. People using the food box program will now be able to shop in their Client Choice Store for the types of food they’ll eat, rather than having an already put together box of food. And soon, she adds, there will be cooking classes in the new Teaching Kitchen. 

*Information updated since appearing in SFM's May 2019 issue