Ban on plastic bags hobbles food drive for needy

Food collected for organizations like St. Vincent de Paul charity in Porterville down more than 50 percent from last year because of California’s prohibition on use of plastic bags

Alan Cox, right, hands a bag of food items to Ray Holdsworth while Holdsworth delivers letters Saturday. Saturday was the 25th annual Letter Carriers food drive. (photo: The Recorder/Chieko Hara)

Letter carriers from Porterville to Lindsay fanned out Saturday for the 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive sponsored by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and while the collection was less than last year, local carriers were still pleased.

Ray Holdsworth, a letter carrier in charge of the local drive, reported Monday 13,600 pounds of food was collected on Saturday. That food is being distributed to the Porterville Gleaners, Helping Hands, Porterville Area Coordinating Council and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic charity to help people less fortunate in the area.

Holdsworth said the amount of food collected was down more than 50 percent from last year’s record haul of 30,000 pounds.

“I noticed a difference this year on my route,” he said on Monday.

Holdsworth said a delay in getting cards out to residents about the food drive and a lack of bags both hurt the effort.

Because of California’s ban on plastic bags, carriers were unable to deliver bags to homes prior to Saturday’s pickup. He said last year they probably delivered some 25,000 bags, but this year only had about 5,000 which were donated by Grocery Outlet and Lowe’s. Also, that ban means residents don’t have as many bags around the house to place the food inside.

“In year’s past we got bags. That generated a lot more food,” he said, estimating they would have collected 20-30 percent more food had they been able to deliver bags to postal customers.

Full story at The Recorder.

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  1. But no worries. Choo-Choo Brown will get his train to nowhere with the money we pay for plastic bags.

    • Anne T. says:

      If the money is going to the government, that is wrong unless it goes into a fund strictly for cleaning up the environment. Of course, we know how that works; often the money is siphoned off for something the voters voted down.

  2. James Kelly says:

    I fail to see the connection between plastic bags and the amount of food donated. Just use a paper bag. It is what we have been doing for over a year and no one seems to have a problem with it. We all know about plastic bags and environment. This is a weak argument.

  3. In San Diego they used paper bags, printed with logo, info of types of foods desired, etc. We filled the bag and put the bag and additional items in a cardboard box. Put the box on top of the mailbox. Mission accomplished.

    Can’t blame everything on the Governor.

  4. Anne T. says:

    Quite frankly, I am happy that those who use the bags are those who pay for them. I have no problem doing that. That way they are not wasted but used again. I have always preferred paper bags as they can either be reused, recycled or dug into the ground, and the making of them probably does less damage to the environment. Trees can be replanted. It is the same now with the plastic as far as reusing and recycling, but not as good for our waterways. Estrogen in the water from plastics and the birth control pill are deforming our fish. The Lord did tell us not to misuse things in the Old Testament. The old adage, “Waste not, want not”, is as true now as ever.

  5. Your Fellow Catholic says:

    This is a load of plastic BS. Paper bags could have been distributed. Were they? No. Donations could have solicited earlier as they had been in prior years, as the article states, did they, No.

    Blame it on someobody else, or on some “regulation”. Instead of taking responsibility.

  6. Bohemond says:

    Yes YFC, this exposes the leftist mind, ban the plastic bag but approve abortion up to 6 months… this is how twisted you and Left are.

    • Bob One says:

      Bohemond, not every single event in the world is related to abortion, horrible as it is. The issue here is plastic vs. paper, organizational planning vs. not so good planning. Paper bags are often included with the newspaper in the morning with instructions for donating food clearly printed. Flyers are often left in the door telling us when the food drive will occur. Most people today take cloth bags to the store when shopping for food because plastic is banned, as it should be. Let’s all keep to the subject and keep politics out of every issue, please.

      • Bohemond says:

        Once again Bob One, it goes right over your liberal head. The comment I made was to point the priorities of the left banning the plastic bag, but the slaughter of unborn is not even considered. I will accuse and attack when I see YFC or your leftist opinions ..

  7. FogBeltBoy says:

    I’m pleasantly surprised the USPS (a fed agency) was allowed to cooperate with St. Vincent de Paul (a Catholic charity).

  8. Anonymous says:

    Ah, the Law of Unintended Consequences which the command and control visionaries never seem to foresee.

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