Postal employees plan May 8 food drive

Postal employees plan May 8 food drive Did you know that there are ab estimated 30 million people, including 12 million children that experience hunger everyday in the United States? 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 mid-April, the Food Pantry has already fed 350 Clay County residents in 2004, a substantial increase over last year.

On Saturday, May 8 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 humger on May 8, 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 cannot be accepted due to their limited shelf life. Open or broken containers also cannot be accepted. The Vermillion Postal Employees will collect the donations as they make the regular delivery of the day's 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 8 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 should to be picked up.)

Suggested food donations needed this month:

Soda crackers, boxed sliced potatoes, boxed instant potatoes, mac 'n cheese, pasta/noodles, canned fruit, sloppy joe mix, diapers � all sizes, jams/jelly, spaghetti sauce, cereal and canned vegetables.

Other items in high demand are: tuna fish, creamed

soups, tomato soup, pork and

beans, hamburger/tuna helper, 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 2003, the National Association of Letter Carriers collected over 61.7 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 todate 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 between the essentials of living � paying utilities, rent/mortgage, buying medicine or do they buy food?

The summer months are particularly difficult for children facing hunger since most school lunch programs are suspended and young students must look elsewhere for nutrition. The hunger since most school lunch programs are suspended and young students must look elsewhere for nutrition. The NALC Food Drive helps to ensure that there are no children who are forced to go hungry in Clay County.

This year not only will the postal employees be delivering mail on May 8, but they will also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers participating in the 12th annual NALC National Food Drive.

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