Letter carrier food drive nets 20,000 pounds of food in C-U
Residents in Champaign and Urbana donated nearly 20,000 pounds of food Saturday in a drive sponsored by letter carriers and the U.S. Postal Service.
Through the Stamp Out Hunger campaign, residents were able to donate nonperishable food by leaving it at their mailboxes to be picked up by letter carriers.
The food donated in Champaign and Urbana will be distributed by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, located in Urbana. Cheryl Precious, marketing director for the food bank, said food drives like the one on Saturday play an important role in raising awareness of hunger in the community.
Precious said the food bank will probably distribute 7 million pounds of food this year in its 14 county region.
This was the 20th year that the National Association of Letter Carriers and others have supported the drive to help the nation's hungry.