The Menominee High School baseball team stepped up to the plate and hit a tape-measure home run in support of the annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive earlier this month.

Players and coaches, wearing team hats and jerseys, went throughout the community May 11 picking up food for the collection.

The nationwide food drive is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and locally it benefits food pantries at the St. Vincent de Paul in both Marinette and Menominee, Newcap and the Salvation Army.

Many youths today do a lot of wonderful things, and quite honestly, most of it flies under the radar. It’s refreshing to see this group of ballplayers take the time to help in their community.

Drivers and younger people pick up most of the food because the letter carriers can’t fit the food, along with mail, in their trucks at the same time.

The Knights of Columbus has provided 10 drivers each year to haul other younger volunteers around town to pick up food.

Jack Nicholas, who played baseball in Menominee in 1964 and manages the food pantry, said the organization is grateful to the baseball team, like groups in the past, for doing the running.

Menominee baseball coach John Beyer stressed the importance of his players giving back to the community.

He told the EagleHerald, “It’s a two-way street; the community supports them, so they’re supporting the community. That’s why they’re here, and they want to be here.”

Organizers say this year’s food drive netted nearly 16,000 pounds of food. Nicholas said 5,000 bags are put out and about half of them are returned with food.

It’s great to see young people involved in this effort and it’s encouraging to see our community behind this worthwhile drive.