United Way seeks help for food bank as letter carriers’ drive canceled

Letter carriers have, in years past, collected large amounts of food for pantries like Cullman Caring for Kids. (Photo courtesy of Becky Goff/UWCC) 

CULLMAN, Ala. – The annual food drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers typically nets thousands of pounds of food for local pantries, but its 29th event has been canceled for 2021, potentially leaving organizations like Cullman Caring for Kids in a pinch. Becky Goff, director of United Way of Cullman County offered an alternative: 

“Typically, we ask our community to collect nonperishable food items and place them by the mailbox for the mail carrier to pick them up and then, through United Way, be distributed to local food banks.  This is a huge loss for our local food pantries. Typically, we get about 10,000 pounds of food.  

“Rather than leaving bags of food by their mailboxes on the second Saturday in May, we are asking postal customers to support the effort again this year by dropping off items at United Way or Cullman Caring for Kids. As the need for food assistance is still more significant than ever, we want everyone to help support this effort.” 

UWCC is located in the Old Depot at 304 1st Ave. NE, next to Depot Park in Cullman. Cullman Caring for Kids is located at 402 Arnold St NE #W1 in Cullman, adjacent to the Cullman County Schools central office. For more information on how you can help, call UWCC at 256-739-2948 or Cullman Caring for Kids at 256-739-1111. 

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