Letter Carrier Annual Food Drive

2019 Post Office Food Drive

Jacksonville Postmaster Randy O’Donnell was quite pleased with the donations from this year’s annual post office food drive, although donations were a bit off. Most likely the bad weather conditions this past weekend was partly to blame. However, post office employees still feel that their annual food drive was a success. The drive garnered 7,000 pounds of food, all of which will go to the JCOC (Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center) to be distributed within the 36265-area code. JCOC Executive Director Patricia Borstorff stated, “JCOC appreciates the kindness and caring of our postal workers and our community for the generous outpouring of food and canned goods for the people JCOC serves. Our motto is ‘Caring when Life Hurts’. It is humbling to live in such a great community which reaches out to help others. JCOC loves you!” The effort was in association with the National Association of Letter Carriers annual food drive. This year marks the 27th anniversary of the national drive. The drive is held the second Saturday in May each year. This is the largest one-day food drive in the country. For more than a decade, the drive has annually collected more than 70 million pounds of food to help feed the hungry. Postmaster Randy O’Donnell said, “The carriers and post office employees really did an excellent job of putting together this drive and seeing it through to the end.” This is definitely a team effort. 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 in Jacksonville for the past 19 years. Last year Denton was out due to surgery, so letter carrier Melinda Trivett stepped in to make the drive a success. Denton said he’s pleased to head up the program each year. “It’s been really successful,” he said. Food can still be left at the post office. Employees will see that it gets to the JCOC.