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Post Office delivers for food bank

Posted: June 17, 2011 - 9:28am

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank welcomes the opportunity to highlight and express our thanks to Soldotna Postmaster Hector Rivera and Kenai Postmaster Rick Sierer and their team of letter carriers who participated in the 19th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive to Stamp out Hunger.

On May 14, postal employees collected bagged donations of nonperishable food items left at residential mailboxes for donation to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Also, barrels were made available for a week inside the Kenai and Soldotna post office lobbies for drop offs during business hours. The Kenai post office, which services Kenai and Nikiski, collected 546 pounds of canned and dry goods, and the Soldotna post office, which services Soldotna, Sterling, and Kasilof, collected 683 pounds, for a total of 1,229 pounds of food items from this drive. This is enough to feed one meal to 819 people, or 273 people for one day.

We celebrate the interest and involvement of organizations such as the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United States Postal Service in addressing the issue of food insufficiency in 20 percent of our local families. Thank you also to those who contributed food items from their kitchen pantries to assist in meeting this ongoing need. You have stamped a letter of love upon the hearts and minds of those you’ve touched.

For those interested in donating food to help keep our shelves stocked, please bring nonperishable items to our warehouse at 33955 Community College Drive between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or place items in our donation box after hours. Please call us at 262-3111 with any questions. This is an Equal Opportunity Program.

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