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LetterToTheEditor Second Harvest director thanks community, postal carriers




Dear Editor:



The Knox County community has once again come through for the needy. County residents donated 126,247 pounds of food during the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 8, 2004. We received nearly 10,000 more pounds of food than last year to assist our Knox County agencies in feeding the hungry through these upcoming summer months. This food drive came just in time for us our warehouse was getting emptier by the day.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive is an annual event that is conducted the second Saturday of May across the United States. In our area, Knox County is part of the NALC Smoky Mountain Branch 419. They partner with the Rural Letter Carriers and other postal employees, the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Area Council of the AFL-CIO and United Way to make the event the success that it is. We are extremely grateful to these organizations and the people who represent them, because this food drive would not happen if not for their generous commitment to the less fortunate in our community.

It is difficult for anyone to visualize 126,247 pounds of food carried from the familiar red, white and blue mail trucks to the Knox County postal facilities, and then to Second Harvest. We are indebted to all who helped with the food drive and, most importantly, to this generous Knox County community who donated this much-needed food.



Sincerely,

Elaine Machiela

Executive Director

Second Harvest Food Bank

 

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