It is such a simple idea. Put your food donations out by your mailbox on Saturday morning, May 9, and your letter carrier will pick it up. All the food will be sorted at the main post office, and then delivered to local food pantries, with Charlottesville-area donations going to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
This is the 17th year the National Association of Letter Carriers is running this food drive, and it is the largest single-day food drive in the country. We all know the need is greater than ever this year, and Brenda Farrell, the local letter carrier’s food drive coordinator, is doing a terrific job.
Each year, the United Way partners with the letter carriers to assist in marketing the food drive and also in recruiting volunteers to help unload and sort the food. This year, Charlottesville Newsplex (CBS19, ABC16 and WAHU Fox 27) and Monticello Media radio stations, (WCHV NewsTalk 1260 AM and 94.1 FM, HOT101.9, Country 99.7, Tom@107.5, Generations 102.3 and Sports Radio 1400 AM) have become media sponsors and are running public service announcements.
On Monday, all the parties gathered for a photo at the post office: the letter carriers, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Harris Teeter (they supplied the bags that were delivered with the reminder post cards this week), Charlottesville Newsplex, the United Way, the Civil Air Patrol, elected officials from Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville, and Monticello Media.
Members of the Civil Air Patrol’s Monticello Composite Squadron are volunteering for the second year to unload and sort food.
Posted by Kim Connolly.
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