Local letter carriers help collect food for LS Social Services
More than 15,000 pounds rounded up May 12 during food drive
The 26th Annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive flooded an area nonprofit with everything from cereal to peanut butter, canned goods to paper products May 12.
Last Saturday, mail carriers throughout Lee’s Summit did double duty all day — delivering the daily mail and picking up donations left by generous residents for Lee’s Summit Social Services. Earlier in the week, each resident received a bag to fill for the local food pantry.
Around noon, May 12, the first U.S. Postal Service truck pulled up to Lee’s Summit Social Services with a full load of canned veggies and fruits, pasta, paper towels and other essentials.
By 4 p.m., dozens of volunteers and mail carriers giving their own time were sorting more than 15,000 pounds of donated items, more than 6,000 pounds over what was donated by residents and collected by the letter carriers in 2017.
“We’re overwhelmed, humbled, thankful,” Lee’s Summit Social Services Executive Director Matt Sanning said. “The mail trucks kept coming and going all afternoon here and it became pretty apparent that the generosity of this community was really shining through.”
Nationwide, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has helped collect more than 1 billion pounds of food since 1993.
“Our community partners are the key to our ability to fulfill our mission around the communities we serve,” Sanning said. “What these letter carriers, and the donors, pulled off Saturday is nothing short of amazing.”
ABOUT LEE’S SUMMIT SOCIAL SERVICES: Lee’s Summit Social Services is an emergency assistance organization that provides financial, food pantry and utility resources to meet the basic needs in the communities of Lee’s Summit, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana and Lone Jack.