Clients of Harvest Hope Food Bank and other smaller food pantries throughout the Midlands were the big winners during this past weekend’s National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
Harvest Hope received 173,997 pounds of food – enough to provide 133,834 meals – for residents throughout its 20-county service area that includes branches in Columbia, Greenville and Florence.
The agency collected 73,988 pounds of food from seven Columbia area post offices, 87,198 pounds of food in Greenville and 12,811 pounds of food in Florence. The total was nearly 7,000 pounds more than collected last year.
South Carolina letter carriers and others across the country collected food donations left at postal customers’ mailboxes Saturday during their regular mail deliveries.
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Since the national drive began in 1992, letter carriers have collected nearly 1.3 billion pounds of food across the country.
“Harvest Hope Food Banks thanks the hard-working letter carriers for bringing so much food in from home across the Columbia area and also all of the dedicated volunteers who gave their free time on a Saturday to help collect the food and load it onto our trucks,” said food bank spokesman Skot Garrick.