Postal workers plan May 13 food drive

Postal workers plan May 13 food drive
This year food banks all across America are experiencing an even greater need for non-perishable food donations due in large part to the devastating hurricane season and sky-rocketing prices, including gasoline. As they have for the past 13 years, the employees of the United States Postal Service are ready to collect much-needed food donations from a generous public and "deliver" to those in need.

All citizens need to do is place a box or can of non-perishable food near their mailbox before their letter carrier or rural carrier delivers the mail on Saturday, May 13. The postal employees will do the rest. The donated food will be taken back to the Post Office, sorted, and then delivered to the Vermillion Food Pantry � which is located at Trinity Lutheran Church at 816 E. Clark Street. There it is available for needy families.

Mary Berglin, long time director of the Vermillion Food Pantry has already helped provide food for 296 people in the first four months of this year. With summer just around the corner there is always an increased need for food items, especially for those families who participate in low-income or reduced-income meals through the National School Lunch Program.

The efforts of the Postal Food Drive in May will help those who have school-age children and will not have access to those meals once school lets out for the summer.

In 2005, this food drive collected a record 71.3 million pounds of food and this year postal workers hope to top that goal. The devastation that struck the Gulf States last year has and will continue to impact food banks everywhere.

Not only were those areas hard hit but many other areas had to deal with an influx of dislocated hurricane families � without food, jobs or clothing. It is estimated that currently 30 million people face hunger everyday in America, including more than 12 million children.

This year on May 13, postal employees all across America will not only be delivering the mail but they will also be collecting the goodness and compassion of their postal customers participating in the 14th Annual Postal Food Drive.

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