Jonesboro postal worker honored at Governor's Mansion

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 postal worker will be honored Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock.

Jonesboro letter carrier Tony Snow is receiving an award by Hunger Relief Alliance at the annual Hunger Action Banquet.

Vicki Pillow, Director of Development for the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, says Snow has been volunteering at the food bank for the past 19 years. "Tony has worked as the liaison between the postal service and food bank for the Letter Carriers Food Drive," said Pillow.  "He has gone above and beyond. He is so great. He starts working on the next food drive the minute the one we're on ends. He promotes it. We did some calculations and he is probably responsible for bringing in around one hundred and fifty thousand pounds of food over the years."

When Snow first received the phone call about this upcoming award, he was stunned. "I was shocked when I was told I had won this award." Snow said.  "It's taken a little while for it to set in. Maybe when I actually get to the Governor's Mansion it'll all come into play."

Pillow says they couldn't accomplish all that they do without the help of the community. "If it wasn't for these community volunteers, like Tony, we wouldn't be able to help as many people as we do at the Food Bank," she said.

He says the opportunity came along to not only serve the individual communities, but combine their efforts to make a national day out of it. "Our purpose of the food drive that we do annually is to fill a void at the food bank to help them cross the summer months when their donations are at their lowest."

Snow says his fellow letter carriers work hard every year at the annual food drive because they know who they're helping. "As a letter carrier, we're out in the streets of Jonesboro six days a week and we get to know our people, our customers, and we see the need. We just felt that this was a way that we could help. And according to the Food Bank, so far we have."

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas works as the distribution center for the 12 counties in Northeast Arkansas it serves.

Eighty-eight agencies in these 12 counties come to the Food Bank for food to distribute to families in their area.

Nationally, the letter carriers are responsible for collecting over one billion pounds of food.

For more information about the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, log onto their website.

To learn more about Hunger Relief Alliance, click here.

For additional information about the National Association of Letter Carriers, log onto their website.

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