There's something about donating food that makes it an enormously effective form of charity. Perhaps it speaks to a basic human need to share one's larder, or perhaps it's simply easier than other forms of giving. Whatever the reason, this week's Postal Service campaign for area food banks is a stunning success.
In just two days, area residents left 375,000 pounds of canned, boxed, bottled and plastic wrapped foodstuffs near their mailboxes. Neighborhood letter carriers, the critical link in this chain of caring, are hauling donations back to their post offices where they are boxed and trucked to the Maryland Food Bank.
From there, these donations will find their way to thousands of Marylanders in need. For a few days, a hungry child may go to bed with a full belly. A homeless person may spend fewer nights foraging for food. A single mother in crisis may have powdered or canned milk for her toddlers.