HELENA – Helena has been named the nation’s most generous small city for Stamp Out Hunger by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
At a presentation on Wednesday Aug. 8, at the Main Post Office on N. Davis St. the Helena USPS City Carriers were recognized for leading the nation in food collection for a small city.
Earlier this May, local letter carriers collected more than 148,242 pounds of food for Helena Food Share.
Letter carrier Kyle Adcock organized the local effort but says the people of Helena deserve this recognition just as much as the letter carriers.
“It feels great to be a part of a community that cares and wants to show that effort and give back,” said Adcock, “And it’s also awesome to have the letter carriers I work with give their time and be willing to do this.”
Adcock added that many of the letter carriers volunteered their time to help with the collection.
Nationwide, more than 70 million pounds of food were collected this year in what is the nation’s largest one day food drive.
Helena Food Share executive director Bruce Day expressed the pantry’s gratitude to the USPS for this hard work and dedication to helping those who go hungry in our community.
“This is our longest running partnership,” said Day, “Your work goes to helping provide food in the summer months when we’re really in need.”
This year marks the 26th anniversary of the national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Since 1993 the event has collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of non-perishable food nationally.