One week until Postal Food Drive Each May for the past 12 years the U.S. Postal Service has organized a food drive to restock the nation's food pantries ? and 2004 looks to be a banner year. In what is traditionally the largest one-day food collection drive in the Vermillion area, the post office is optimistically hoping for an increase over last year's giving and would like to surpass the 2 ton benchmark.
According to Mary Berglin, who supervises the Vermillion Food Pantry located at Trinity Lutheran Church, there has been a substantial increase in the number of Clay County residents who have used these services since the same period last year. In 2003, by mid-April, 170 residents had visited the Food Pantry and for 2004 that number has risen to 250.
The items that the Food Pantry is most in need of now are: soda crackers, boxed sliced potatoes, boxed instant potatoes, mac-n-cheese, pasta/noodles, canned fruit, canned vegetables, sloppy joe mix, jams/jelly, cereal, spaghetti sauce and diapers (of all sizes).
Non-edible items that are also needed are: powdered laundry detergent, bars of hand soap, travel size bottles of shampoo, toothpaste and toilet paper. Unfortunately, during this Postal Food Drive only non-perishable items can be accepted. We also ask that you do not set out items in glass containers.
Because of the hectic pace of everyday lives, we know not everyone may be able to leave items by their mailbox on Saturday May 8, especially in light of graduations and Mother's Day. We encourage Vermillion residents to leave their donation by their mailbox earlier in the week, and it will be picked up and delivered with all of the other food drive donations on May 8. We do ask that you attach a note to inform the mailman that this is a donation for the food drive.
The people of Vermillion have been very generous over the years and we thank them again for their compassion in giving to those who are less fortunate in our community.
Together we can stamp out hunger!!