Thank you for flood of food generosity

May 19, 2012 at 12:19 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

RE: 2012 National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Saturday, May 12 was a record setting day in which the citizens of Victoria County donated 38,789 pounds of food to help feed neighbors in need.

Over the last 10 years, the annual food drive has averaged 11,000 pounds of food per year and raised just 10,165 pounds in 2011. This year's total of 38,789 pounds is nearly 4 times that received in 2011 and by far the most food ever raised in a single year.

The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent is especially grateful to Tim Castner, the NALC Food Drive Coordinator and a local postman, and to Ken Epley, the postmaster for the Victoria area. Credit for the success of the drive can also be attributed to the tremendous coverage provided by NewsCenter 25. Additional coverage was also received from the Victoria Advocate and two local radio stations, Majic and KITE.

Credit can also be given to the following major sponsors: AARP, Campbell's, Feeding America, AFL-CIO, United Way, Uncle Bob's Self Storage and Valpak. Grocery bags were delivered by the postal workers 2-3 days prior to the food drive and local citizens responded generously.

Dennis Brown, Executive Director of the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, Victoria



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