Letter carriers in Farmington Hills picked up 11,500 pounds of non-perishable food items during , held Saturday.
That's as much as 3,500 fewer pounds than last year, local coordinator Emory Johnson said. He believe the drop is "probably because of the economy."
While most of the food items donated went to Gleaners, Forgotten Harvest and Food Gatherers, two volunteers from stopped by the U.S. Postal Service Carrier Annex on Indoplex Circle in Farmington Hills to load up their vehicles with some of the donations.
"We have a big food pantry," director Virg Rozman said. "We feed 20 to 25 families, four days a week ... We're subsidizing food, so people can pay their bills and stay in their homes."
In addition to the weekly distributions, the pantry does holiday food baskets for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, Rozman said. They've also just started working with a federal program that provides food on a quarterly basis.
St. Alexander's served 2,754 people last year, from Farmington, Farmington Hills and a small portion of Southfield. Anyone who needs assistance should contact the church to make an appointment. For more information, to get help or support their work, call 248-474-5748.