Post office food drive is May 12

Post office food drive is May 12 The Vermillion post office is gearing up for its 2001 community-wide food drive.

On Saturday, May 12, the city and rural letter carriers will be picking up all non-perishable food donations left beside their patrons' mailboxes during the regular delivery of the day's mail. For patrons who have P.O. box delivery or prefer to bring their food drive contributions to the post office, there will be a tub in the post office lobby which patrons may place their items.

At the conclusion of the Saturday mail delivery, post office employees, along with Boy Scout volunteers, will consolidate the day's collection and transport it to its final destination � The Vermillion Food Pantry.

People who will be out of town may leave their food donations by their mailboxes a few days before or after May 12.

The food pantry provides nutritional assistance for residents who are unable to provide for themselves. This assistance may be needed at any time of the year and the goal of the food bank is to be there to help those who are less fortunate.

The Vermillion Food Pantry, located at Trinity Lutheran Church, 816 E. Clark, operates under the supervision of Mary Berglin. It is staffed by volunteers and is currently open on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Monday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In order to provide the best possible service and minimize waste, Berglin offers a few suggestions:

* Only non-perishable foods can be utilized. Fresh food, fruits and breads are not acceptable due to their limited shelf life. Open or broken containers are unacceptable. The only items the food pantry can open and divide among several recipients are non-edible items such as laundry soap or paper products.

* Food items in high demand are tuna fish, creamed soups, tomato soup, green beans, peas, pork and beans, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles, soda crackers, canned potatoes, macaroni and cheese, hamburger/tuna helper, jelly or jam, canned peaches, ketchup, and muffin mixes.

* Non-edible items that are also needed are powdered laundry detergent, bars of hand soap, shampoo (motel size bottles) toothpaste and toilet paper.

* Donated items should be within their expiration date.

With the support and caring contributions of the residents of the Vermillion and Clay County community, it is hoped that this year's drive will exceed the nearly 4,000 pounds of food donated last year.

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