2018 Post Office Food Drive

May 17, 2018
   This year donations were a little off for letter carriers in Jacksonville for the annual food drive. The recent March tornadoes that ripped through northern Jacksonville were most likely to blame. Many residents are still displaced while others have made many donations already. However, post office employees still feel that their annual food drive was a success. The drive garnered 6,300 pounds of food, all of which will go to the JCOC (Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center) to be distributed within the 36265 area code.  Weaver estimated 500 pounds of food collected that will go to Rock of Ages Baptist Church to distribute.
   The effort was in association with the National Association of Letter Carriers annual food drive.
   Acting Postmaster Randy O’Donnell said, “The carriers really did an excellent job of putting together this drive and seeing it through to the day that we actually collected all of it.” We want to thank everyone who donated food and made this annual event possible.”
   Johnson’s Grocery donated bags for carriers to put out along their routes, so customers would have something to put the food in.
   City employees, as usual, were a big help, according to O’Donnell. They came to the post office, picked up the food and took it to the JCOC. They unloaded the containers for JCOC volunteers and then carried the empty containers back to the post office.
   Letter carrier Jim Denton has coordinated the drive for the past 17 years. But this year Denton was out with foot surgery, so letter carrier and union president Melinda Trivett stepped in to help make this year’s event a success.
   Food can still be left at the post office. Employees will see that it gets to the JCOC.
   The pilot drive started in October 1991 and proved so successful that it was made a nationwide event.     

Photo & Story by Anita Kilgore