Postal Service, Food Pantry work together to stamp out hunger

Northborough – The nationwide annual event created by the United States Postal Service is set to make its mark on the town of Northborough. The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, in its 18th year, will have letter carriers making the rounds Saturday, May 8, picking up food items donated by residents. All items donated in town will be given directly to the Northborough Food Pantry in an eff ort to aid the fight against hunger. Bob Wendorf, lead coordinator in Northborough, has been helping out with this cause for the majority of his career as a Postal employee. During his time, he has enjoyed taking part in the event.

“I took on [being] the point person and the leadership role that went along with it,” he said. “It’s a good thing. When you look at the big picture, it’s one day a year and it’s for a good cause. At a time of the year when the Food Pantry doesn’t have any food, we help replenish it for the summer.”

Last year, the event brought over 73 million pounds of food nationwide. In Northborough, donations totaled close to 3,000 pounds. For Wendorf, it’s a testament to the spirit of residents wanting to make a diff erence.

“To raise 3,000 pounds in a small town is pretty impressive,” he said. “The people who give know that it will go right to the people who need it.”

Although last year’s collection went reasonably well, donations were down. While the cause could be blamed on a downturn in the economy, Wendorf is counting on larger results this year.

“Hopefully we can go a little bit over this year,” he said. “We are hopeful to get the word out a bit more.”

The volunteer eff ort includes people at the Food Pantry, teenagers helping with the sorting of items, and the mail carriers, who take on the extra work of gathering items along their route It is a true communitywide project.

“This is something everyone likes to do,” Wendorf said. “Everyone is right there and does their part. It’s just kind of an all-around eff ort.”

The best part for Wendorf is delivering all the items to the Food Pantry. It’s an opportunity to see just how big a diff erence that day can make.

“It’s a good feeling,” he said. “When you leave at the end of the day and the Food Pantry’s shelves are all stocked, it’s a good feeling knowing it’s going to help.”

Wendorf was quick to give a lot of credit to Food Pantry Director Sue Seppa and the rest of the volunteers at the pantry.

“They are great,” he said. “Sue is fantastic. I can’t say enough about her and her work putting this together.”

Wendorf is looking forward to getting his route started May 8.

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