A Big Thank You to All Who Gave or Helped! 2012 Letter Carriers’ Food Drive
Eighty or more volunteers were on hand at the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry on Saturday May 12th to help unload, sort, and store the food from the annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.
While there was an unfortunate glitch this year that resulted in the residents of Wakefield and some surrounding communities not getting a reminder postcard about the drive, the pantry did receive about one and a quarter tons of food from those who saw the information in our local newspapers, on the Wakefield Patch, and on Facebook.
At least 10,000 cities and towns across America participate in the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, Stamp Out Hunger, which takes place each year on the second Saturday of May. This is a voluntary effort taken on by the employees of each community’s Post Office.
“Wakefield is lucky to have letter carriers who are willing to each pick up and deliver pounds of food, along with their regular mail delivery each year,” said Maureen Miller, WIFP Director of Operations. “It was disappointing that donations were down due to the postcard issue. However, our local letter carriers never cease to amaze us with their commitment and willingness to collect food items during their daily rounds to help Wakefield individuals and families who need food.”
The success of this food drive is always a testament to the power of people working together. The WIFP, which assists over 800 adults and children in our community each month who would otherwise go hungry, would like to thank the postal customers who donated the food, the letter carriers who carried the food, and the wonderful volunteers who came out to support the drive.
“The biggest thank you goes to everyone in Wakefield who took the time and thought to donate food that will enable the WIFP to continue helping our neighbors in need,” commented Wendy Dennis, Chair of the WIFP Board of Directors.
For more information about the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, please visit: www.wifoodpantry.org.