BRISTOL - For the 10th year, local mail carriers are doing their part to collect food for the needy this Thanksgiving season and they’re encouraging the community to support that effort.
The Bristol Letter Carriers Community Food Drive is set for Nov. 23. Residents are asked to leave food donations at their mailboxes for the carriers to pick up. Donations can also be brought to the main post office, at 151 North Main St.
People can leave both perishable and nonperishable food donations for pickup during the usual mail delivery. Turkeys are especially needed. All donations remain in the community.
Pete Rudavich, who organizes the food drive, said 300 turkeys and 17,600 total pounds of food were collected last year.
“The Bristol letter carriers want to thank the people of Bristol for their support over the last nine years,” said Rudavich. We are the only city post office to do a second food drive this time of year. Together, we have given many families a happy Thanksgiving. Thank you and let’s keep up the great work.”
The Community Food Drive is one of two major efforts organized by the carriers’ union. In May, the union has organized a national food drive for the past 27 years to support local nonprofits and service organizations.
Last year, Kellye Jones, who co-organized the May drive, said 1,100 pounds of food were collected in Bristol. Busloads of donations were brought to the post office and sorted. The donations were then packaged, weighed and shipped to support Agape House, Meals for Neighbors, St. Ann Church, Hillside Community Church’s “Necessities Covered” food pantry, St. Vincent DePaul Mission, the Salvation Army and the Christian Fellowship Center.
“We do this because the community needs it,” said Jones. “Each year we bring in a little more than our goal. The people of Bristol have been very helpful every year. This food doesn’t just go to the homeless - it also is used to help out a lot of single parents, the elderly and shut-ins.”
For more information, call the Bristol post office at 860-853-1371
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.