The 25th annual National Letter Carriers Food Drive collected a total of 300,305 pounds of food in Lee County. That’s a 1.7 percent increase over the 2016 total. Of that amount, 208,321 pounds will be distributed by the Harry Chapin Food Bank, and the rest will be distributed by other local agencies.
The nation’s largest single-day food drive, called “Stamp Out Hunger,” is the one day when letter carriers collect non-perishable food that has been left by residents at their mailboxes.
The drive is held by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Locally, the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties partner with the letter carriers to make the food drive happen. Hundreds of volunteers assisted the letter carriers with picking up the food, and also unloaded and sorted the food at various postal drop-off sites.
We thank the members of our community who gave so generously and the volunteers who donated their time and effort to make the drive a success. Your support will help fight hunger during the summer months, when school is out and the need is great.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank serves 28,000 people per week through more than 150 partner agencies in Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Glades and Hendry counties.
Contact: Mary Wozniak
Office: 239-334-7007, ext. 150