People in Wichita continued to leave food out by their mailboxes even after the annual letter carrier food drive on May 11.
So the letter carriers collected it — another 4,700 pounds of non-perishable food — to donate to the Kansas Food Bank, officials there said.
That means area residents donated a total of 146,716 pounds this year, said Larry Gunkel, a Food Bank official.
Letter carriers in Wichita collected 142,000 pounds of non-perishable food on May 11 to help the hungry this summer.
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But people kept leaving food out, “probably because they forgot, or were out of town when the food drive happened.”
Whatever the reason, the Food Drive has now added to the total for this year.
Area residents donated 157,000 pounds collected last year, leaving non-perishable food items beside their mailboxes.
The food will be used to help the needy in Wichita this summer, including helping feed children who will not get school lunches, Gunkel has said.
To help the Food Bank, send donations to: Kansas Food Bank-Cargill Cares Complex, 1919 E. Douglas, Wichita, Kansas 67211. Contact the Food Bank at: 316-265-3663, firstname.lastname@example.org or kansasfoodbank.org.