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More food needed for annual drive

March 10, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - About halfway through the week-long Harvest for the Hungry Food Drive, those collecting donations are asking local residents for their help, Hagerstown Post Office Lobby Director Tim McCoy said Wednesday.

McCoy said he hopes local residents will change the drive's slow start into a great finish by this weekend.

The 16th annual food drive, organized by the United States Postal Service and the Boy Scouts of America, is designed to collect nonperishable food for those in need, McCoy said Wednesday.

He said those wishing to donate to the drive, originally organized by a small group of Baltimore postal workers, can leave food donations at any Hagerstown post office or next to the mail receptacles at their residences through Saturday afternoon.

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Nonperishable foods include boxed items, such as rice and cereal, and canned items.

McCoy said distribution of the items will be conducted by Food Resources Inc.

"It's for the needy people here in Hagerstown," he said. "Everything collected here will be distributed locally."

McCoy said the slow response to this year's drive likely is not from a lack of interested donors, but rather, an inadvertent lack of public outreach from local postal workers. McCoy said the post office had not received one can or box of food through Wednesday.

"It's off to a very bad start," McCoy said. "So, we're trying to get the word out. In previous years, the people of Hagerstown have been most generous."

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