Letter carriers in Wilton are delivering grocery bags to all postal customers next week in advance of the annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 9.
Each year, this event is the largest food drive for Person-to-Person, which provides low-income individuals and families in lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services. Volunteers have stapled a suggested shopping list of non-perishable foods to brown paper grocery bags for 7,200 postal customers here.
At least 150 Wilton High School freshmen will volunteer the day of the drive, some at the Wilton post office to offload donations from the postal trucks as they arrive and transfer them to a box truck for delivery to the P2P food pantries. Other students will be stationed at the South Norwalk Community Center to receive and sort food donations from Norwalk and Wilton.
According to P2P, more than 9% of people in Norwalk are living in poverty, but there’s also poverty in Weston (2.7%), Westport (3.7%) and Wilton (2.5%), all communities served by the organization. Each week, more than 150 individuals and families shop at P2P’s Norwalk pantry for enough food to prepare three meals a day for seven days.
People are encouraged to leave a bag of groceries at their mailbox on the morning of Saturday, May 9, or drop it off at the post office.