Released 10 June 2014
(Captains Hughes with Jim Bartlett, surrounded
by food donations!)
Post Office Delivers...
With Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive!
DANBURY - Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in
more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and
compassion of their postal customers, who generously participate in the
National Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive - the
largest one-day food drive in the nation. Led by letter carriers represented by
the NALC, with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees, and
volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food over
the past 20 years.
If you wanted to witness a great example of people’s kindness, here is
a picture from the Danbury Salvation Army, where you can see what food piled up
and over a basketball backboard looks like! Danbury Corps Officer Captain Todd
Hughes commented, "This was an unbelievable effort this year. Between the main
Danbury Post Office and the Richfield Post Office, we are truly blessed with
the amount of food collected. In a typical year, we might receive maybe 250
mail totes filled with food. This year, we had over 400! That’s a lot of
food. We have seen the number of families needing food and groceries increase
substantially over the past few years and this looks like our prayers have been
Advisory Board Chairman (and Danbury Fire Department Chief) Geoff Herald was
quick to respond to the delivery. He made a few phone calls and then rolled up
his sleeves and started sorting with the Captains and Jim Bartlett. Next up was
Advisory Board Member Joe Sullivan, who is also President and CEO at MCCA
(Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism, Inc.). Joe sent over about 20
volunteers from The Sobering Center, and then it was a case of many hands
moving mountains (of food).
Captain Todd reflected, "I want to thank all of the postal customers that
contributed to the drive, and I particularly wish to thank our postal carriers.
First, for the job they do with their everyday work, delivering our envelopes
and packages, and secondly, I wish to express our gratitude for the effort that
these dedicated men and women put into the food drive. We will certainly have
an impact on helping to feed people all across the City."