UFO distributes 6 tons of food collected in NALC drive

Eight o’clock Tuesday morning came and food pantry trucks began lining up at the United Food Operation, Inc. (UFO) warehouse in Institute, WV.

By 9:00 A.M. most all the food had been loaded into pantry vehicles and sent off help needy families in the region.

Food pantries across Kanawha and Putnam counties were excited to receive the bounty from the local Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, conducted last Saturday by National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 531 (NALC) along with the United States Postal Service

This year’s bounty from the food drive weighed in at 12,000 pounds—or 6 tons—of non-perishable foods, which will be put to use serving families across Putnam and Kanawha counties.

Some of the over 6 tons of foods donated to the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Stored at the UFO warehouse.

“We’re so thankful for the generosity of all the people who donated food to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive,” said UFO Chair Elaine Harris, “And we’re also thankful for all the letter carriers and volunteers who helped in this fantastic effort.

“The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is such a beautiful thing. It works so well. I tip my hat to the NALC and to everybody who makes it possible.”

NALC Branch 531 food drive leader R.D. Henson meets with UFO’s Harris to plan for food distribution.

UFO works with 12 independent food panties that distribute the foods in their service areas. UFO is an all-volunteer organization, established over 40 years ago, to raise funds and collect donated food to help families and individuals with food security in Kanawha and Putnam counties. List of food pantries working with UFO

WV National Guard helps out

Harris also passed along her appreciation for the West Virginia National Guard and its members who helped on Saturday loading and trucking food from outlying post offices to the Main Charleston Post Office, where it was consolidated for shipping to UFO’s warehouse.

We love out food pantry people

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