Local Postal Service food drive continues to build on success

The food drive engineered by local postal carriers started modestly with 1,500 pounds collected the first year in 1992.

The idea is as simple as it is ingenius.

Residents are informed of a date on which they can put canned food and non-perishable goods in their boxes for pickup. They do it, the donations are picked up and distributed through local organizations that, in turn, make the good available to needy people.

Great ideas that are well coordinated and appeal to the goodness in most people in our region tend to become rousing success stories.

And so it is no surprise that in 2019 the drive to collect canned food and other non-perishable items produced 15,000 pounds of donations.

It was generosity worthy of the recent breakfast celebration of local food pantries.

But beyond the celebration is the tangible result. All of the food is being kept locally and split between the American Rescue Workers and the Salvation Army.

The fact is, even in strong economic times like the country is presently enjoying, people fall through the cracks locally.

The Rescue Workers and Salvation Army are two of the primary organizations that fill those cracks.

So kudos to those organizations, the 80 volunteers and the postal carriers who executed a great idea.

But all the planning and coordination of an excellent concept only works if complemented by generosity.

And local residents proved once again how generous they are.

Paul Nyman, local leader of the National Association of Letter Carriers, encouraged every local post office to find a food bank to execute a similar campaign.

He could not be more correct.