Food Drive Collects Thousand of Pounds for Local Pantries

HAMPDEN - You may have noticed non-perishable food items being picked up by area mail carriers today.

That's because it was the 22nd annual National Association of Letter Carrier's food drive, urging folks to "Stamp out Hunger."

Food picked up was delivered to the U.S. Postal Service facility in Hampden and sorted by Boy Scouts and other community volunteers.

United Way officials say while there were a few wet boxes due to the rain, they received many plastic bags filled with food.

Items were weighed and sorted, then divided into groups to be given to local food pantries.

The food drive in the Bangor and Veazie area aimed to collect 80,000 pounds of food, compared to the 74,000 pounds last year.

Erin Thomas


Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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