This year there was a sizable lack donations made by the community to Stamp Out Hunger — a nationwide food drive where people can leave out nonperishable foods for their letter carriers to pick up and take to a community center for local distribution.
City and rural postmen from both Nicholasville and Wilmore collected items left outside by the mailbox on Saturday but said they were surprised how little there was to collect.
“Since it began in 1993, postal customers and citizens of Jessamine County have been very generous, not only donating for people in the county but people outside the county,” Nicholasville postmaster Nathan Gabbard said. “I can’t really comment since I wasn’t here last year, but what I’m hearing from some of the letter carriers is that they collected a lot less.”
The Nicholasville department collected roughly 500 pounds of nonperishable items, Gabbard confirmed, which is considerably less than what was collected last year, according to postmen after their Saturday route. The food Nicholasville collected will go to an unnamed community service group in the county, Gabbard said.
Also, Gabbard said he was not sure why there was a decline in donation nor could he comment since the advertising efforts to promote the event did not come out of his office.
In Wilmore, the post office collected a third less than what they obtained last year.
“The (Wilmore-High Bridge Community) Service Center was very grateful for the food they got,” said Sonja Davis, officer in charge of the Wilmore Post Office. “There was less than last year, but I don’t know why that is, but donations have gone down.”
Davis said she wouldn’t be able to compare the weight with Nicholasville — only that in the city of Wilmore there were less donations this year.
“I’m very appreciative of everyone who gave to Stamp Out Hunger this year; it’s a very good cause,” Davis said. “It’s always been successful before.”
For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger.