Vermillion Post Office preparing for annual food drive May 13

Vermillion Post Office preparing for annual food drive May 13 Post office employees across the country are getting ready for the annual food drive to benefit local food banks.

On Saturday, May 13 the Vermillion Post Office and all of its employees will be asking for help to collect non-perishable food donations for the Vermillion Food Bank.

This effort involves not only the city letter carriers, but also rural carriers, clerks and management, as well as the Vermillion Boy Scouts, contributing their time and effort. This enormous undertaking is a combined effort of several organizations the National Association of Letter Carriers, the United Way of America, the AFL-CIO, the Saturn Company and the Campbell Soup Company.

Vermillion residents may help by donating non-perishable food items, which can be left by their mailboxes. They will be picked up by their mail carrier during the regular delivery of Saturday's mail.

For those with post office box delivery or who prefer to bring their food drive donations to the post office, there will be a collection box in the post office lobby. At the conclusion of the Saturday mail delivery, the donations will be consolidated and transported to the Vermillion Food Bank by the post office employees and Boy Scout volunteers.

The Vermillion Food Bank is located at Trinity Lutheran Church (816 E. Clark Street) and its purpose is to provide nutritional assistance for any resident who is unable to provide it for themselves. This assistance may be needed at any time of the year and the goal of the food bank is to be ready at all times to help those in need.

The food bank operates under the supervision of Mary Berglin and is staffed by volunteers. The hours of operation are currently Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Families in need of assistance are required to stop at the Social Service Office first and then will be directed to the food bank.

In order to provide the best possible service and minimize waste there are a few suggestions for donations:

* Only non-perishable foods can be utilized. Fresh foods, fruits and breads are not accepted due to their limited shelf life. Open or broken containers are also not accepted.

* Donated items should be within their expiration date. Please consider this when deciding which items to donate � "If it isn't good enough to give to your family, it shouldn't be donated to the food bank."

Food items in high demand are: Chili, pork and beans, cream soups, peanut butter, spaghetti noodles, mac and cheese, soda crackers, cake mixes, spaghetti sauce, jelly/jam, peaches, white canned potatoes, white rice, tuna fish, graham crackers, tomato soup, and Spaghetti-O's.

Non-edible items are also needed and these can often be opened and divided among several recipients, such as: powdered laundry soap, bars of hand soap, shampoo, toilet paper, dish soap and toothpaste.

If each resident was able to donate one or two items to the 2000 Food Drive, the result would be enormous and the Vermillion community would benefit greatly. Citizens are asked to do their best to help. If they leave their donations by the mailboxes the post office will do the rest.

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