TR Food Site receives 8,600-plus items during annual nationwide food drive
THREE RIVERS – The 27th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was carried out this past weekend by postal services and letter carriers from all over the United States, including Three Rivers. All over the country, people left non-perishable food items for letter carriers to collect and donate to local food banks and organizations to help replenish their stock.
Gary Hall, the Three Rivers representative for the National Association of Letter Carriers, said that 8,623 items were collected on Saturday, May 11, totaling over 8,600 pounds of food. All the food collected in town was donated to the Three Rivers Food Site.
“We are very happy with the generosity of everyone during this event,” Hall said. “I think that finally the word’s getting out that every Mother’s Day weekend, the post office is doing their food drive.”
David Berry, manager at the Three Rivers Food Site, said it was more than a 45 percent increase over last year’s event, which saw over 5,500 items come in to the food site. Berry said he was appreciative of those who donated during the food drive and the carriers who collected the items, and especially thanked the volunteers that helped out with sorting.