Postal employees gear up for food drive

Postal employees gear up for food drive Once again the employees of the Vermillion Post Office are ready and willing to the help those less fortunate with the 13th Annual NALC National Food Drive on Saturday May 14. All that is asked of the local community (in town as well in the rural areas) is to leave a food donation by their mailbox on that day and the postal employees will pick up the food and deliver it to the local food pantry.

According to Mary Berglin, who supervises the Food Pantry located at Trinity Lutheran Church, there are some shocking 2004 statistics concerning the Clay County residents that are in need of the local food pantry.

* 43.5 percent of all people in Clay County are at or near the poverty level established by the Federal Government.

* 2,547 children under the age of 18 reside in Clay County.

* 26 percent of those children live at a high poverty level.

* 1,434 people were in need of assistance from the food pantry in 2004.

* 350 people have already used the food pantry in the first months of 2005.

There are certain items that are needed specifically at this time and include: tuna fish, jelly/jam, canned pears, sloppy joe mix, canned potatoes, cake mixes, flour (10# or less), pasta/noodles, cold cereal, canned applesauce, chili, scalloped potatoes, assorted canned vegetables, muffins mix and sugar (20# or less).

Non-food items that would also be appreciated include diapers (of all sizes), powdered laundry detergent, bars of hand soap, toothpaste and toilet paper. Please remember that only non-perishable, unopened food items in good condition can be used. (No glass items please).

The Food Pantry is located at Trinity Lutheran Church, 816 E Clark Street. Normal hours are Monday, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 1 to 4:30 p.m. Persons wishing more information can also contact Social Services.

Please mark Saturday, May 14 on your calendar as a very important day to remember all of those who are in need of our help in the community.

Together we can stamp out hunger!

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