12,260 Pounds Of Food Collected During Letter Carrier’s Food Drive

12,260 Pounds Of Food Collected During Letter Carrier’s Food Drive

The Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was held Saturday, May 14th. Residents were asked to donate canned food items and leave them by their mailboxes or drop them off at either the Berkeley Post Office or Downtown Post Office. The event kicked off with words of thanks from coordinators from Community Soup Kitchen, Doricia Benton; Stacy Sinyard, and Sheila Cash from the United States Post Office; Pat O’Connell from the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and Sherry Archibald from United Way of Wayne County. Volunteers from recipient organizations were on deck to assist during the loading, unloading, and delivery of the donated items.

With 12,260 lbs. weighed in, the pantry recipients were grateful for the hard work of the postal workers.  “While the 30,000 lbs. goal was not met; the pantries will benefit greatly from the generosity of the community and the hard work of the postal workers,” said Sherry Archibald, United Way of Wayne County Executive Director.  “The goal was a high reach considering this was the first time returning from the pandemic, but the Committee was enthusiastic and based it on pre-pandemic years,” she continued. 

Recipient organizations this year were The Community Soup Kitchen of Goldsboro, HGDC Community Crisis Center, The Salvation Army, Hydrant Church, and Pete Norris Ministries.

United Way of Wayne County thanked Doug McGrath of Bekins for allowing them to use their scale to weigh the donated food items, as well as Matthew Whittle, of Habitat for Humanity for not only lending his truck but also helping load, unload, and deliver the donated food items to the recipient organizations.