The United Way of Rutland County is thankful to the many Rutland County residents who contributed non-perishable food items in support of the 25th Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive on May 13. The event was a great success this year, with more than 24,000 pounds of food collected and distributed to food shelves throughout Rutland County. This year also marked the collection of over 1 million pounds of food in Rutland County over the past 25 years.
In Rutland City, BROC Community Action, the Rutland Community Cupboard, and the Salvation Army were able to replenish food shelves in preparation for the increased demand for food during the summer months, along with our partners at Fair Haven Concerned. In addition, Poultney, Pittsford, Brandon and West Rutland shelves also were replenished with food donated through the drive, as letter carriers from every post office in the county participated that day.
A tremendous amount of gratitude goes to Chris Greeno and our local Letter Carriers Union Branch #495 for organizing the event and collecting food donated throughout our region once again this year. They volunteer their extra labor and time to make sure that the mail is delivered and the donations are picked up.
Heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers who were on hand to help sort and distribute donated items to the various food shelves, including students and staff from the 77 Park Street program. Special thanks as well to our local media and businesses for supporting the event.
Caprice Hover, United Way of Rutland County
Tom Donahue, BROC Community Action
Ashley Bride, Fair Haven Concerned
Kelly Giancola, Rutland Community Cupboard
Cpt. Maureen Lawliss, Salvation Army