To the Editor:
On Saturday, May 10, Branch 1018 of the National Association of Letter Carriers conducted our annual food drive. As we delivered our mail, we collected food donations along our routes and brought them to the Flint Hills Breadbasket for distribu-tion to local food pantries.
All of this food stays in the Manhattan area. Thanks to all of the hard-working city and rural letter carriers who participated, we collected more than 10,400 pounds of food. This is an in-crease of just over a ton from last year’s total. Thank you.
Thank-you, residents of Manhattan, for these much-needed donations of food. Thanks also to KMAN, Sunny 102.5, K-Rock and ANGEL 95 radio stations for their on-air interviews and continued pubic service an-nouncements, so graciously re-corded by Kansas State Uni-versity football coach Bill Sny-der, throughout the week before our food drive.
Thanks also to the following people for helping us by folding grocery bags (supplied by Dillons stores and Ray’s Apple Market) and stapling them to our food drive postcards, which we delivered to many residents:
The women of Zeta Tau Alpha (Zeta rules!), Casey and Jarrett of KSU Leadership Studies, and the Future Farmers of America, who were in town for special meetings and contests.
Thanks to Cox Cable for running a “scroll” on the Weather Channel announcing the drive. I also need to thank Postal Service management for its continued support of our efforts.
Thank-you, Manhattan Mayor Wynn Butler and city staff for proclaiming May 10 as the day to “Stamp Out Hunger.” Thanks to all the businesses that displayed our poster and put our message on their marquees, and to the people who let us put our signs in their yards.
A special thank-you to all the members of the clergy who included our announcement from the pulpit and in their newsletters.