In just one day, the 2012 Letter Carriers Food Drive collected 1,334,653 pounds of nonperishable food in Oregon and Clark County, Wash., Oregon Food Bank announced today. In addition, the drive raised $74,459.
“What our letter carriers do on this one day is amazing,” said Rachel Bristol, CEO, Oregon Food Bank. “This is truly a community effort involving thousands of volunteers who unload trucks at every post office, box the food and load it onto donated semis for delivery to the Regional Food Banks and food pantries.
Close to 4,000 urban and rural letter carriers throughout Oregon and Clark County, Wash., joined letter carriers throughout the nation to collect food donations from postal customers during the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, May 12.
“Oregon Food Bank thanks the 4,000 letter carriers who did the heavy lifting and not only delivered mail but also picked up food donations from postal customers. We thank Wells Fargo for providing more than 400 of volunteers and $25,000 in support for the degradable bags that are critical to the food drive’s success. We thank the hundreds of thousands of postal customers who filled those bags with nutritious food for their letter carriers to pick up, the community volunteers who stepped forward to help, and the trucking companies that donated trucks and their drivers’ time to transport the food,” Bristol said.
“I continue to be amazed and humbled at the dedication and commitment of our letter carriers to make the largest food drive in the country happen despite the mounting challenges they face,” said Maryann Brunner, OFB’s partner events coordinator. “It is a pleasure and a profound honor to work with our letter carriers each year to plan this complex food drive with its many moving parts.”
“During the Letter Carriers Food Drive, our fellow carriers are exceptional, delivering mail and picking up food,” said Karon Carlson, 2012 Letter Carrier of the Year, who has been involved with NALC in Oregon since it began. “At the end of the day, we are overjoyed at the generosity of our Post Office patrons.”
“The Letter Carriers Food Drive brings us together as a community,” said Jeff Horne, OFB’s volunteer services manager. “As I watched volunteers working at the post offices and the trailers of food come in to OFB’s warehouse at the end of the day, I felt proud to be part of this community.”
Oregon Food Bank believes no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and the support of the entire community, OFB believes it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes.
Since 1982, Oregon Food Bank has been leading the fight against hunger in Oregon and southwest Washington by collecting and distributing food through a network of four OFB branches and 16 independent regional food banks.
The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education and helping communities strengthen local food systems. For more information, visit www.oregonfoodbank.org.