The 2010 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive conducted nation-wide by the NALC was another great success.
This drive is the Weymouth Food Pantry's single largest food drive. This year the Weymouth Letter carriers picked up more than 7,000 pounds of food from Weymouth residences during their normal delivery rounds on Saturday, May 8th. The rainy weather, couple with a down economy reduced the quantity of food placed by mailboxes for the letter carriers to pick up. Although this year's collection was not as large as some prior year's it is still a significant contribution to keep our shelves stocked and enable us to continue to serve the hungry of Weymouth.
A team of Food Pantry volunteers brought the food from the Post Offices to the Food Pantry. This year, members on Immaculate Conception Parish's Confirmation class assisted in the arduous task of receiving all of this food in a very few hours, sorting it by type and storing it in our "banana boxes". The result is that over 200 of these boxes were packed in a few short hours, a great act of community service for these youths.
Members of The Spirit of State Street, began the task of date-checking, sorting and moving the collected food into our inventory so it can be distributed to our clients over the coming months. The Spirit of State Street is a communityt service organization comprised of retired State Street Corporation employees whose "mission" is to assist community organizations such as the Food Pantry. Numbering in total about 150 volunteers, the group takes on diverse projects such as serving food at rescue missions, painting, clearing vacant lots, cleaning buildings, etc. We thank them for their efforts on our behalf.