An estimated 10,114 pounds of food was collected by letter carriers in Clatsop County last month. That's enough to feed the more than 200 needy families in Astoria and Warrenton for a month.

Nancy Hudson, manager of the Clatsop Regional Food Bank, said she would like to thank all of the people involved with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive in Clatsop County, and the weather for cooperating.

The NALC collected about 1.3 million pounds of food for Oregon and Clark County, Wash. The food drive is an annual event that takes place on the second Saturday of May.

The 10,114 pounds of food collected in Clatsop County will be split up between the three area food pantries and distributed to families.

"Last year we got a little over 9,000 pounds of food," Hudson said. "It was wonderful this year because people were able to give a little more, and it didn't rain."

Rachel Bristol, executive director of the Oregon Food Bank, was more than happy with this year's statewide harvest. Oregon Food Bank distributed food throughout a statewide network of more than 870 nonprofit, hunger-relief agencies serving Oregon and Clark County, Wash.

"What our letter carriers do on this day is simply amazing," Bristol said. "We are grateful for their work and the hundreds of volunteers who stepped forward to help.

"Our agencies are serving unprecedented numbers of people in Oregon and southwest Washington."

Hudson was pleased with the way the food drive went this year, she said that residents worked hard to make it a success.

"Everyone was eager and ready to work," she said. "They just really worked great together."

Hudson said that the amount of food given in this year's drive was a direct reflection on the community and how much the people really care. She also said that a lot of families look forward to the event each year. Some left cases of food from Costco for the volunteers and carriers to pick up.

"Each household was really giving," Hudson said. "We had some people set out white garbage cans full of food, instead of the little bags that the carriers hand out."

"Normally, the families that come to the Clatsop Emergency Food Bank, get a specific amount," she said. "With this we will be able to put a few more pounds of food in the sacks."

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