Lawrence letter carriers gathered more than 13,500 pounds of food Saturday in a campaign that has brought everything from caviar to sardines to local charities.
``We had peanut butter, soup, macaroni, rice, canned vegetables,'' said Kris Fox, local organizer of the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
``We even had some caviar before. You name it, we've seen it.''
This is the fourth year for the event.
last year's haul.
``We've done really well,'' she said. ``If we can keep up what we've done in past years, we're doing well.''
Residents were asked to leave canned and boxed goods on their porch or near their mailbox for carriers to pick up. Volunteers from the National Guard loaded the haul onto trucks at the main post office, 645 Vt., Saturday night.
More food remains at the Jayhawk Station, 1901 W. 31st, which will be transferred Monday.
The food will be distributed to the Ballard Community Center, Penn House, the Pelathe Community Resource Center, the Salvation Army and ECKAN. The drive also is sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service and the United Way of Douglas County.
``People think this is a good idea. It's not much work for them because we pick it up,'' Fox said.
-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.