GROTON -- A huge and heartfelt thank you to all residents throughout our neighboring communities for your generous response to this year's annual, national event, the Letter Carriers' Food Drive held on Saturday, May 12 benefiting our local pantry Loaves & Fishes, clearly the largest food drive of the year.
Once again this year we received nearly 18,000 pounds of food, matching last year's record-breaking amount of food collected from this drive. Although 18,000 pounds of shelf-stable food collected is wonderful and sounds like a significant amount, it will realistically last only about a month as Loaves & Fishes distributes approximately 10,000 pounds of food each week to our neighbors in need! Half of that amount, or 5,000 pounds, are shelf-stable items, the other half consists of fresh produce, frozen-meat products, deli and dairy.
Another record that was broken this year is the amount of food volunteers checked and sorted on the day of the drive. With a large contingent of volunteers in readiness at the pantry to receive the donations being delivered from all the area post offices, they were able to date check and sort nearly 12,000 of the 18,000 pounds of food on the day of the drive, which surpasses the previous record for amount checked on the day of the drive by 25 percent. This was truly an extraordinary effort by a great group of volunteers that day who are devoted to helping at Loaves & Fishes throughout the year and who were committed on that day to processing as many of the donations as time allowed while the sheer size of the workforce was present.
We are extremely grateful to all local residents who contributed generously to this year's annual food drive as well as all the many volunteers who devoted their day to helping at the receiving end at Loaves & Fishes. Each and every year we all feel very blessed to be a part of this effort which enables Loaves & Fishes to help feed those in need within our local communities.