EUGENE and SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The preliminary numbers are in for the winter Letter Carriers Food Drive for the Eugene and Springfield area.
Organizers said donors really came through the second weekend, exceeding the previous week’s number by just over 14,000 pounds. Altogether, more than 118,000 pounds were collected. That’s 13,000 pounds less than last year. Organizers believe it may be an indication of the true need in the area.
“I think a lot of that has to do with the need being so high in the community. We know that 39 percent of the community is eligible for food assistance. So there are a lot of people that instead of giving it are eating it themselves and are depending on that food themselves,” said Alicia Hines, Food for Lane County Food Resource Developer.
The final numbers for all of Lane County won’t be available until the last few totes from rural areas come in.