During the May 14 annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” Person-to-Person’s food pantry received more food donations — valued at over $43,500 — than it did the previous year, according to the Darien-based organization.
This current stock should last about two months, according to Darien Site Manager Sophie Neumann.
Throughout the morning and into the late afternoon of Saturday, May 14, grocery bags (provided by Palmer’s Darien, which donated 6,500 of them) filled with donated food were delivered to Person-to-Person.
The bags arrived in multiple waves of postal trucks and private vehicles assigned to specific neighborhoods for pick-up.
Community volunteer Jane Yezzi and Neumann said the day was an enormous success.
— This article is adapted from a Person-to-Person announcement and a letter from Jane Yezzi.
More than 60 community volunteers worked alongside P2P staff, Yezzi said, to unload, date check, sort and store nearly 22,000 pounds of donated food — from oatmeal and pasta to canned soup and canned vegetables.
“For the third year, members of the Ivanhoe Lodge No. 107 of the Masonic Fraternity kept everyone well-fed with food that they donated and prepared,” Yezzi said.