Post office food drive nets 100,000 pounds

April 29, 2001

The U.S. Postal Service's Harvest for the Hungry food drive in Maryland collected 100,000 pounds of food in this year's campaign that ended March 31, five times the amount collected by its original deadline a week earlier.

Bill Ewing, executive director of the Maryland Food Bank, credited postal workers who picked up goods from their mail customers and volunteer students who went door-to-door in some neighborhoods for the drive's success.

The annual campaign to alleviate hunger across the state, in its 14th year, collected enough food for 80,000 meals. Food banks will distribute the goods to food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters.

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