Food Drive a Big Success 

The shelves of Maine’s food pantries will soon be better stocked…thanks to the generous folks who took part in the National Letter Carriers Food Drive Saturday.The event is in its 17-th year.It’s the largest one-day food drive in the country.Letter carriers left notices in mailboxes this week, encouraging folks to leave out bags of non-perishable foods.On Saturday, they collected the goods by the ton.Then, volunteers sorted it all at the Hampden Postal plant.Everything collected in our area will stay local. “All the food that’s donated in a particular area stays in pantries in those areas. the food is collected locally so for example, food that’s collected in calais, maine stays in calais maine for families who need it there.” So said United Way of Eastern Maine member Sarah Yasner.Since 1993, Letter Carriers have collected more than three quarters of a billion pounds of food for the hungry.