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Released 10 June 2014

Food Drive(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.

Food Drive

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 answered."

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."

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