Posted: Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:38AM
Wichita Letter Carriersâ€™ Food Drive Bags 130,521 Pounds of Food
WICHITA - Wichita letter carriers collected 130,521 pounds of food from generous postal customers during the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive on May 10. All the food was delivered to the Kansas Food Bank.
“We’re very pleased with the results,” said Wichita Postmaster Evie Tan-Todd. “Our community is always very giving, and we thank all who participated. The food will feed many children, elderly and disadvantaged people throughout the year.”
The food drive is part of a nationwide drive designed to fill food bank pantries through the summer months, when levels are traditionally low. The effort by the Postal Service and members of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Rural Letter Carriers and other volunteers is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. This year marked the 22nd year for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which has collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception. Last year generous Americans donated 74 million pounds of food.
Over the 22 years, Wichita area postal customers have donated more than 2.3 million pounds of food to the Kansas Food Bank.
Postal food drive amounts throughout the state and nation are still being collected.