They loaded 15 tons

June 27th, 2015 1:36 am

First Posted: 5/15/2013

Meals on Wheels thanks volunteers who participated in the Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 11. The collection was a major success as approximately 31,975 pounds of food was collected.

While letter carriers collected food, there were 122 volunteers scheduled to separate, sort and place the food in a storage area so when Monday came, the area of setting up the food delivery by Meals on Wheels drivers and runners was cleared.

Volunteers came from The First United Methodist Church, West Pittston; Corpus Christi RC Church, West Pittston; First United Presbyterian Church, West Pittston; Saint Barbara’s RC Church, Exeter; Second Presbyterian Church, Pittston; Wyoming Area Key Club, Verizon Pioneer Club, Builders Club of Pittston Area Middle School, National Solvack Society Leaf 75, Boy Scout Troops 285, Duryea, and 352, West Pittston; Valley Masonic Lodge 499 IBEW Local 163, Teamsters Local 401, United Steel Workers Local 15253 and Local 5652-00, The United Way, The Order of the Odd Fellows and daily drivers and runners of Meals on Wheels.

When the schedule was prepared it was anticipated that volunteers would provide 500 hours but, with the amount of food delivered, many volunteers stayed longer and the number of hours went far above that. The group said they cannot thank community groups enough that assist each year with this project. Meals on Wheels of Greater Pittston is truly a community endeavor.