Vermillion postal workers plan food drive

Vermillion postal workers plan food drive Did you know that there are an estimated 33 million people, including 7 million children that experience hunger in the United States? This represents one in 10 households in the country. Did you know that Vermillion has a place where people who are unable to provide food for themselves and/or their families can get nutritional assistance at any time of year?

This place is the Vermillion Food Pantry, which is operated out of Trinity Lutheran Church (816 E. Clark St.) under the supervision of Mary Berglin. As of March 20, the Food Pantry has already fed 207 Clay County residents in 2003.

On Saturday, May 10 the Vermillion letter carriers, rural carriers and postal employees will be conducting the largest food drive in the area with the goal of collecting 5,000 plus pounds of non-perishable food items. To help stamp out hunger on May 10, simply leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, like canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to your mailbox before the time of regular mail delivery.

Please try to leave non-breakable containers, such as boxes and cans. Fresh food, fruit and breads are not acceptable due to their limited shelf life. Open or broken containers can not be accepted.

The Vermillion carriers will then collect the donations as they make the regular delivery of the days mail and deliver the collected food items to the food bank. Food donations can also be left by your mailbox prior to and after May 10 for those patrons who will not be able to participate on that day. We do ask that you attach a note to inform the carrier that this is a food drive donation and needs to be picked up.

Suggested food donations needed this month are: soda crackers, Sloppy Joe mix, boxed sliced potatoes, diapers � all sizes, boxed instant potatoes, jams/jelly, coffee, mac 'n cheese, puddings, and Jell-o.

Other items in high demand are: tuna fish, creamed soups, tomato soup, green beans, pork and beans, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles, ham- burger/tuna helper, canned fruit, 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.

In 2002, the National Association of Letter Carriers collected over 62 million pounds of food from families along postal routes in over 10,000 cities and towns across America. This food drive is the largest single volunteer event in the country each year and to-date has collected over one half of a billion pounds of food to help the hungry. Every day many hungry Americans have to make impossible choices: do they pay the rent or buy medicine or do they buy food?

This year not only will the postal employees be delivering mail on May 10, but they will also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers participating in the 11th annual NALC Food Drive.

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