Letter Carriers' Food Drive brings in tons for Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Leah Roach was one of many volunteers who spent Saturday sorting donated canned goods as part of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.
by Silas Allen Published: May 11, 2014
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As she took a break from sorting canned goods Saturday afternoon, Leah Roach said she was thankful she had a few minutes to sit and rest before the next truckload of cans came in.

Roach, 67, was one of several volunteers who spent Saturday sorting donated canned goods at the post office on Britton Road just west of Broadway Extension. The post office served as a volunteer site for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.

During the drive, residents leave canned goods by their mailboxes for mail carriers to collect. The donations go to the food pantries and other programs the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma supports.

The work generally comes in waves, Roach said. When a mail truck comes to the post office with canned goods, volunteers unload the truck, sort the cans and then sit and wait for another truck to arrive.

Roach said she’s been volunteering with her daughter and grandchildren nearly every year for the past nine years. She began volunteering when she moved to Oklahoma in 2005, and she’s only missed one year of the annual food drive since then, she said.


by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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