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Local letter carriers raise most food in state for annual drive

Customers on Lewes/Rehoboth routes contribute more than 32,000 pounds
July 10, 2022

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USPS Rehoboth Beach Carrier Annex
18908 Rehoboth Mall Blvd.
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
United States

For the second straight year, letter carriers from Lewes and Rehoboth Beach collected more food for the annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign than any other group in the state. All told, in one day, the group collected 32,400 pounds of food.

The U.S. Postal Service’s annual food drive takes place the second Saturday of May. There was a brief ceremony July 1, recognizing the accomplishment.

John Workman, a Lewes city carrier, helps organize the local drive. All the food collected goes to local organizations, he said, listing Cape Henlopen Food Basket, Epworth Food Pantry, Community Resource Center and Home of the Brave as this year’s primary recipients.

After Christmas, food donations to organizations really slow down, said Workman. This food provides the groups with a much-needed bump in supplies.

Workman said the carriers did their part, but, he added, none of it would be possible without the customers on their routes. 

USPS District Manager Gary Vaccarella attended the ceremony. He said programs like this help change the narrative associated with “going postal.” 

Anytime someone says that phrase, it’s an opportunity to educate them what it’s really about, said Vaccarella.

Across the country, there were 2 billion pounds of food collected and $90 million raised for breast cancer research and other outreach, he said.

Shawn Colleran, National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 906 president, said it’s inspiring to see the food drive.

“You guys destroyed everybody. It wasn’t close,” said Colleran, laughing.

For more information on the USPS Stamp Out Hunger program, go to usps.com.

 

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