Letter Carriers’ ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Food Drive Bags over 300,000 Pounds of Food

Lee Herald Favicon 16Neither snow (snow??) nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stayed the U.S. Postal Service Letter Carriers in Lee County from gathering well over 150 tons of food donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and other local agencies.

Lee County residents left non-perishable food items, alongside their mailboxes, on the nation’s largest single-day food drive.

The “Stamp Out Hunger” drive provides much-needed non-perishable foods for those in need. ¬†Coordinated by the National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with the Harry Chapin Food Bank, the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties and hundreds of volunteers, this year’s drive exceeded that of 2016 by 1.7 percent.

Of the 300,305 pounds of food collected, 208,321 will be distributed by the Harry Chapin Food Bank…an agency that serves approximately 28,000 people on a weekly basis utilizing over 150 partner agencies in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

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  1. As of Saturday May 13th, Collier Harvest Foundation reported food donations to be over 260,000 pounds in Collier County. These early numbers already exceed last year’s final total of 257,400 pounds of food. Final figures are expected to be in by May 27th from the 5 area branches which include Marco Island.

    According to Executive Director, Connie Preu,13 local agencies which include: Grace Place for Children & Families, David Lawrence Center, The Salvation Army Naples, Shelter for Abused Women & Children, St. Matthew’s House, Providence House of Naples, Glendale Bible Baptist Church Immokalee, JFCS of Southwest Florida, Goodlette Arms Apartments, Macedonia Missionary Baptist, Everglades Community Church, Iglesia Pentecostes Peniel Church and Corkscrew Baptist Church have already received thousands of pounds of the donated food from Collier Harvest. “These agencies plus other partner agencies will receive additional food through the summer to help with the high demand this time of year puts on each agency. The outpouring of generosity from Collier County residents is truly amazing!”

    Over 150 volunteers at the Collier Harvest Warehouse and 5 area postal branches worked along side postal carriers from sun up to sun down to make this community event a success.

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