Letter Carrier Food Drive totals in, more than 73,000 pounds collected

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A break in the rainy weather gave way for a cool and sunny start Saturday morning as local letter carriers collected donations during the annual NALC Letter Carrier’s Food Drive. Food donated by the Lafayette and West Lafayette communities totaled 73,197 pounds. With donations still coming in at Food Finders Food Bank on Olympia Court, totals could reach 75,000 pounds by weeks end.

“We are overwhelmed with the outpouring of generosity from the community,” said Barb Ahler, Executive Director of Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. “The letter carriers and the volunteers really outdid themselves again this year. Those in need in the community will enjoy many nutritious meals because of everyone’s help.”

“We are especially grateful to Marsh Supermarkets for donating the plastic bags as well as the many folks that bundled them so letter carriers could easily distribute.” Said Lesley Morgan, Coordinator for Letter Carriers Branch #466. “40,000 bags and cards were placed in area mailboxes, as a friendly reminder to the public of the food drive.” Food for volunteers was donated by Culvers, Krispy Kreme, Subway, McAllisters Deli, Pizza Hut and Mad Mushroom. “We are grateful to all the volunteers, they work so hard. It is extremely gratifying to see all the people come together for such a great cause.” Volunteer efforts were boosted this year by a great turnout from the construction trades and industrial labor unions in the community, church youth and adult groups and many private citizens.

Food donated in the spring is especially helpful to Food Finders as it works to provide food to children who would have access to the reduced and free lunch programs during the school year, but have no supplemental meals during the summer break. Many others in the community on fixed incomes or with low paying jobs benefit as well.

Food Finders Food bank is a humanitarian organization that provides food to more than 170 agencies in 16 mid-north Indiana counties. Agencies such as food pantries, homeless shelters and emergency feeding programs received more than 2.3 million pounds of product annually from Food Finders. For more information or to make a donation, contact Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. at (765) 471-0062 or visit www.food-finders.org

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