Letter Carrier’s Food Drive
UFO Chairperson Elaine Harris reported that the 2012 Letter Carrier’s Food Drive was quite a success.
“We collected 63,654 pounds of non-perishable food,” Harris said, “and every bit of this food went to feed hungry men, women, and children in Kanawha and Putnam counties.”
The annual Letter Carrier’s drive, which is conducted locally by Local 531 of the National Association of Letter Carriers, was held May 12, 2012. The Letter Carriers utilized United Food Operation to distribute the donated food to area food pantries.
Prior to the food collection Saturday, letter carriers distribute notices to residents along their mail delivery routes asking for donations of food. Then on one Saturday each May, letter carriers from across the Charleston region collect the food donation bags and deliver the food to the the main Charleston Post Office. There, UFO volunteers assist the letter Carriers unload the food from the postal trucks and load it into a large tractor trailer so it can be delivered to the UFO distribution center in Institute. The West Virginia Army National Guard also helps out the effort by employing their trucks to bring in donated food from regional postal centers to the main post office.
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“We are both humbled and excited to begin our 30th straight annual campaign,” said Elaine Harris, UFO chairperson and one of the founders of the group. “The need out there is tremendous this winter, and we will have to work very hard to meet it. We’re going to need a lot of help, but I’m confident it will come through.”
Harris said UFO is a very efficient vehicle for collecting funds and providing food to area pantries because of its low operating overhead. Through the years UFO has effectively leveraged the participation of organized labor, industry and many retirees to provide a very efficient food delivery system.
Winter Harvest 2012 needs your help
With food costs up, the economy slow, and unemployment high, we expect this winter season will put peak demand on food pantries in the Charleston/Kanawha Valley region.
We fear the need will be in excess of our ability to supply food. But that’s where you come in.
You can help fill the gaps by donating to support United Food Operation’s Winter Harvest 2012. From mid-January through March, this program provides 10 weeks of extra food resources to 13 food pantries covering Kanawha and Putnam counties.
Because United Food Operation is all-volunteer and utilizes donated space and services—no salaries, no rent, no utilities—you can be assured that the money you donate goes directly to support the distribution of food to local food pantries.
United Food Operation is proud of its participating pantries and proud of the service they provide.
Bayer, others comes through for 2012
Again this year United Food Operation will benefit from the generosity of Bayer CropScience at Institute, WV by accepting Bayer’s offer of free space for UFO’s food distribution center.
“Through the years we have been very blessed as we continue to have warehouse space donated by Bayer CropScience,” said Elaine Harris, UFO chairperson.
Harris also reports that generous contributions toward the 2012 food drive have been received from Clearon (South Charleston plant), the West Virginia AFL-CIO, IAM Local 656 and IVS Hydro.