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A Community Responds to a Need

Wow.

The May 9th National Association of Letter Carrier’s “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive was a tremendous success. Thanks to the fantastic support of our local media, as noted in our previous post, and the bags donated by Harris Teeter (I’d say 95% of the donations came in those bags), this year’s food drive brought in more than 50,000 lbs of food – that is 20,000 lbs MORE than last year!

Every great event has a great organizer behind it, and Brenda Farrell of the local union did a incredible job of planning. Thanks are also due to the letter carriers who put in a lot of extra effort picking up all the bags of food along their routes. Each route brought in several hundred pounds of food, and there seemed to be some friendly competition to see who brought in the most.

Many thanks go to the cadets of the Monticello Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (pictured below) who put in many hours unloading and sorting food with efficiency and enthusiasm. This is the second year that they have participated in this event, and with this year’s amount nearly doubling, they worked long and hard.

The food collected in Charlottesville (three tractor trailer loads) went to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank at a time of year when donations are normally down. As usual, our wonderful community responded to the need. Thank you.

Posted by Kim Connolly.

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