The Franklin and Otto Post Offices took part in the National Association of Letter Carriers food drive on Saturday, May 12.
Letter carriers in more than 10,000 communities across the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands collected non-perishable food items and delivered them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters.
More than 120 million postcards were mailed to customers in towns and cities throughout America informing them about the food drive.
Since the drive first began in 1993, postal customers have been extremely generous by donating more than three quarters of a billion pounds of food.
An estimated 35 million people are at risk of hunger in America, including 12 million children.
The drive is held in May because in late spring, most food banks begin running out of donations received during the holiday period.
Customers placed bags of non-perishable food items next to their mailbox and the letter carriers picked up during their regular routes last Saturday.
Officer in Charge Christy Apel of the Franklin Post Office and Otto Postmaster Beverly Anderson want to thank the community for their generous donations.
The non-perishable food items were donated to CareNet.
Franklin letter carriers collected 2,210 lbs. of food and Otto letter carriers collected 930 lbs. of food.
Sandra Queen of CareNet said it was the most ever collected in the letter carriers food drive.
Photos by Vickie Carpenter