This year there was a sizable lack donations made by the community to Stamp Out Hunger — a nationwide food drive where people can leave out nonperishable foods for their letter carriers to pick up and take to a community center for local distribution.
City and rural postmen from both Nicholasville and Wilmore collected items left outside by the mailbox on Saturday but said they were surprised how little there was to collect.
“Since it began in 1993, postal customers and citizens of Jessamine County have been very generous, not only donating for people in the county but people outside the county,” Nicholasville postmaster Nathan Gabbard said. “I can’t really comment since I wasn’t here last year, but what I’m hearing from some of the letter carriers is that they collected a lot less.”
The Nicholasville department collected roughly 500 pounds of nonperishable items, Gabbard confirmed, which is considerably less than what was collected last year, according to postmen after their Saturday route. The food Nicholasville collected will go to an unnamed community service group in the county, Gabbard said.