BRISTOL - Postal workers in Bristol helped collect food for those in need Saturday afternoon as part of the 25th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
More than 60 volunteers - consisting of retired letter carriers, volunteers from organizations and other Bristol residents - collected and organized food that was donated to the drive. Canned goods, glass goods, boxed goods and paper/personal items were divided into separate sections. The food drive was headquartered at the Bristol Post Office on Main Street.
Prior to the food drive, letter carriers notified Bristol residents that they could put perishable or non-perishable food items by their mailbox to be picked up on their normal mail delivery cycle.
The volunteers were weighing the food they collected, too. Before 1 p.m. more than 3,400 pounds of food had been weighed.
“We collect more and more every year, so I’m sure we’ll do better than we did last year,” said organizer Suzanne Munoz.
Munoz co-chaired the Bristol Food Drive volunteer group with Paul Norton.
This is the 25th year the NALC has held a food drive. Munoz told The Herald that 1.2 billion pounds of food have been collected since the food drive was first started.
After the food was weighed and collected, it was boxed and divided into sections based on what organization was receiving the food. St. Anne’s Church received food; Zion Lutheran Church received food for its Meals for the Needy program; the Christian Fellowship Center received food; St. Vincent DePaul Church received food; Hillside Community Church received food and the Salvation Army also received food.
“Whatever food is collected in Bristol stays in Bristol,” Munoz said. “It’s important that the food we collect helps residents of this community.”
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