Food drive sets record
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

May 10, 2004 -- Local letter carriers set record again this year with the annual drive for Northeast Texas Food Bank Inc., thanks to the generosity of local postal patrons who donated nonperishable food items to the cause.

Overall, Sulphur Springs and rural carriers to mail recipients in the 75482 eclipsed the 2003 drive record of 11,225 pounds of food with 386 more pounds of food this year.

"We're just thankful to the rural and city mail carriers and the generous people of Sulphur Springs who made this drive a success," one of the organizers of the drive said Monday. "They raised a total of 11,611 pounds which surpassed last year's record."

The local letter carriers met at the food bank on Linda Drive at 9:30 a.m. Monday to help Northeast Texas Food Bank Manger Denise McCarty and staff unload from a U-haul truck the 11,611 pounds of nonperishable food items amassed during the drive to benefit numerous needy families in the area.

"We're always in need of food, especially during the summer months when people might not think of donating because it's not a big holiday," McCarty said. "We really appreciate the way the community came together for the postal services and the rural and city carriers.

Citizens were asked to leave non-perishable food items, such as canned meat, soup, vegetables and juice, and pasta, cereal and rice, flour and salt by their mailbox on Saturday. The letter carriers collected the food during their delivery routes that day and transported the donations to the Northeast Texas Food Bank on Linda Drive in Sulphur Springs.

The letter carriers involved in the drive gave special thanks to Bankers Products and Printing, Lowe's, Atlas Building, Sulphur Springs Independent School District, Wal-Mart, Grocery Supply Company, Cromer Custom Van, all area apartment complexes who assisted in collection efforts, by allowing workers and customers or patrons to drop off food Friday for carriers to pick up. The postal delivery individuals also thanked Echo Publishing, KSST, Cox Communications and Star Country "for getting the word out" about the annual drive.

The food comes at an especially good time for the food bank, which is generally lower in supplies during the summer months when donations are slower.

Last year alone, the food bank distributed over 1 million pounds of food through various agencies such as church pantries and Ministerial Alliance.

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