The Levittown Post Office has eclipsed its previous record for the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. Local letter carriers in Levittown collected an astounding 33,000 pounds Saturday, a 50 percent jump from 2018.
Patrick Kelly, President of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 4973, credited the huge success to blue promotional bags. With cartoon art on the front, the blue bags serve as a friendly reminder to residents to donate.
“There’s about 15 sponsors that help cover the cost of the bags,” Kelly said. “We hand these out to every house, and that raises awareness and makes it more convenient. They fill those bags and leave them out. That is definitely what made the numbers jump.”
The Levittown branch also coordinates with two other post offices in Langhorne and Middletown. Collectively, they picked up 103,000 lbs of donated food from generous residents. This is a roughly 25% jump from 2018’s total of 80,000 lbs.
With the extra food, this drive will be able to support nine local food banks through most of summer. Kelly almost struggled to verbalize how grateful he was to Levittown.
“You can’t put it into words, but to see how generous the community I live in and work in is phenomenal,” Kelly explained. “It’s a great feeling, and I look forward to it every year. It’s hard work, but it is definitely worth it.”
People who may have missed the collection drive can still drop off unopened groceries like cereal and canned goods to their local post office.