In what has become an annual effort, area post offices combined to collect 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food on Saturday, food that will be used by the Pilot Mountain Outreach Center to meet the needs of local residents.
According to Pilot Mountain Postal Clerk Angela Lachappelle, postal workers from Pilot Mountain and Ararat combined to collect an estimated 6,500 pounds which was then donated to the outreach center.
An estimated 3,500 additional pounds of food was reported as collected by Pinnacle postal workers.
“I thought it was a good effort,” Lachappelle said. “I believe people gave more this year and we’re grateful for that. This is an important day for our community and most of our letter carriers don’t mind putting in the extra effort.”
The effort is part of the national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, held each year on the second Saturday in May. The drive is timed to take place when the resources of local food banks, shelters and pantries may have been depleted from winter demands. Since its inception in 1993, over one billion pounds of food has been collected.
According to Pilot Mountain Outreach Center Co-Director Jimmy Caparolie, the timing and scale of the drive makes it of major importance to the center and those it serves.
He described it as the last of three major food drives held each year, with the others being the Friends Feeding Friends food drive and the “Scouting for Food” Boy Scout and Cub Scout food drive.
“We’re grateful for this effort and for what it means to the area we serve,” Caporolie said. “I’m hoping to be able to go by and tell the letter carriers how much this means and how much their effort is appreciated.”