Saturday, May 10 was the 16th annual National Association of Letter Carrier’s ‘Stamp Out Hunger!” food drive. It is such an elegantly simple concept. Residents leave nonperishable food items in bags at their mailboxes and the letter carriers gather the food as they make their rounds. The United Way has been involved in this effort for a number of years. We help with marketing and promoting the food drive and our Volunteer Center helps to solicit volunteers to help sort the food at the main post office that day. In Charlottesville and Albemarle County, the food goes to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
This year, the radio stations of the Monticello Media Group ran public service announcements in the week leading up to the food drive, and WCHV 1260 AM morning host Joe Thomas did interviews and continually plugged the food drive on his show. Proving the point that many hands make light work, members of the Civil Air Patrol, Monticello Composite Squadron, volunteered at the post office Saturday afternoon to help sort the 31,000 pounds of food that came in that day.
The combined efforts of the local Letter Carrier’s union, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, United Way, the Civil Air Patrol volunteers, and Monticello Media proves the point that united, we can change what we see in our world.
Posted by Kim Connolly.
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