U.S. Postal Service extends food drive

Collection falling short of established goals

March 18, 2000|By Kate Shatzkin | Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF

Organizers of the Harvest for the Hungry food drive announced yesterday they will extend the drive another week after receiving about a quarter of the food they are attempting to collect.

The drive, conducted by U.S. Postal Service employees who pick up food on mail routes and distribute it to food banks, went statewide this year amid great fanfare. At a news conference beginning the drive last week, state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer urged residents to exceed the goal of 440,000 pounds of food -- one pound for every Marylander in poverty.

As of yesterday -- despite a series of television ads and postcards to remind residents to put out food -- about 139,184 pounds had been collected, said Larry Adam Jr., founder of the 13-year-old annual drive.

"We've got to get a lot more to make a difference," he said. "The problem is we all live busy lives, and we forget."

Letter carriers will pick up food through March 25. Residents may leave nonperishable items such as pasta, peanut butter and canned goods next to their mailboxes.

Postal employees also will be collecting food tomorrow at Baltimore's St. Patrick's Day parade.

Pub Date: 3/18/00

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