Employees with the Holly Springs Post Office collected 4,150 cans of food for the pantry at New Hope Village in Holly Springs.
As members of the National Association of Letter Carriers 2202, the union that provided the bags and posters, the local group was successful in getting the word out about this year’s food drive through mail routes and inside office boxes. The drive, which concluded May 11, was probably the most successful in recent history for the city post office.
Recognition went to the food drive coordinator for the local branch, Derenda Lucas, who helped organize the successful collection. By comparison, last year Holly Springs area residents contributed about 500 to 800 pounds of canned food. At about one pound a can, this year’s drive produced over 4,000 pounds of food for the hungry.
Union steward Greg Griffin expressed gratitude to the Holly Springs community for the great collection.
“I’d like for them to know this is the best year we’ve ever had,” he said. “We’re having record numbers nationwide this year.”
He said the brown grocery bags placed in each customer’s mailbox probably had a lot to do with the success this year.
“The bags helped,” he said. “Even the smallest route, Route 8, picked up 13 full bags of food. We’re just ecstatic about this.”
Thanks also go to postmaster Gerald Dickerson and supervisor Dennis Lee for supporting the benefit.
Marilyn Curry, executive director of New Hope Village, expressed gratitude for the food drive, which she said comes at a time of year when the resources at the pantry are at their lowest.
“It is just in the nick of time,” she said. “I just love it when they do it for us this time of year. It comes in so handy and is very much needed. This makes my job easier.”
The pantry serves about 2,500 families annually, she said. Those eligible are found to be in some kind of crisis, she said.
They are homeless, have been evicted from their home, have lost a job or have reduced employment and cannot afford to buy all their groceries.
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