Letter Carriers' Food Drive


The Letter Carriers each year collect more than 29,000 pounds of non perishable food on the first or second Saturday of May. The Samaritan Center is the recipient of the collections from the letter carriers in Cole county and occasionally part of Callaway. A post card is mailed to every postal customer a few days before the pick up date, requesting food items to be placed in a plastic bag next to the mailbox on the following Saturday. The letter carrier then goes by with volunteers following in trucks and gets the food along with the mail. They then bring it to the Samaritan Center where volunteers are waiting to sort and weigh the items. In 2007 we used about 122 volunteers. Volunteers are asked to arrive around 11:00 and the day lasts through 5:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the official website of the National Letter Carriers Association http://www.nalc.org/commun/foodrive/ or call the Samaritan Center at 573-634-7776.