The local National Association of Letter Carriers and Rural Letter Carriers participated in the Annual Help Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive held on May 12 in Juneau.
This year, 5,250 pounds of food were collected to help feed those in need - in stark contrast to the 957 pounds collected in 2000.
The increase is attributable to a number of factors, said association spokeswoman Marsha Riley, including improved advertising and postcards delivered to homes just before the event.
"It was well-publicized that Southeast Alaska Food Bank nearly closed its doors early this year because of location and funding problems," Riley said. "The community responded generously."
The Food Bank picks up the food from post offices at Mendenhall Station and the Federal Building. Donations are then taken to their site where it is weighed and sorted. Food bank agencies and community organizations then share in the distribution. This year the collection process was made easier with the loan of a lift-equipped box truck from Evergreen Ford.
Letter carriers national association coordinator Chris Darden took the lead in coordinating the event, said Riley.
United Way of Southeast assisted in coordinating the project with community agencies and organizations.
"As national co-sponsors, United Way is excited to see the community respond so favorably," Riley said.