Food donations to postal service campaign down from last year

March 21, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Donations to the Maryland Food Bank from Baltimore City and Baltimore County were down 71 percent from last year on the first two days of the U.S. Postal Service's food drive, according to Larry Adam Jr., founder of the Harvest for the Hungry campaign.

On Saturday and Monday, the drive in this area collected 19,865 pounds of food compared with 68,000 pounds a year ago.

In the Salisbury area, donations were down from 16,000 pounds to 1,085 pounds.

Other food banks, such as Howard County's, showed an even greater decline, from 8,200 pounds the first two days last year to 817 pounds this year.

"The postal employees are very disappointed in the results so far," said Richard W. Rudez, manager of customer service/sales for the Baltimore District of the postal service. "We need to get the community together to help out."

Residents are asked to put nonperishable food by their mailboxes for Maryland letter carriers to pick up, or they can take food to post offices. The drive ends Saturday.

Pub Date: 3/21/96

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