â�?�?Stamp Out Hungerâ�?�? food drive scheduled for May 9 This Saturday, May 9 will be the 17th Annual NALC (National Association of Letters) Food Drive to collect donations for the needy in our community. The Vermillion Post Office goal for 2009 is 5,000 pounds of non-perishable items collected. Helping us reach this goal is simple. Go to your cupboards, find an item or two (or more) of food and place it by your mailbox on Saturday, May 9. When you get your regular delivery of mail, whether a house or apartment, in town or in the country, your donation will be collected and taken to our local food bank, the Vermillion Food Pantry-operated out of Trinity Lutheran Church. This is the nation's largest one-day food drive and encompasses all postal employees and towns throughout America. It is only through the combined efforts of the letter carriers, rural carrier, clerks and every other employee of the post office as well as volunteers throughout the community that it can be a success. This year's volunteers in Vermillion include Members of the Food Pantry, Trinity Lutheran Church and local 4-H groups. With the end of the school year only a few weeks away, the Food Pantry is in greater need of having its shelves stocked. Children who depended on the school lunch program will now be without it. These nutritionally challenged children, those who do not know where their next meal will come from, make up one in six children in our country. It is expected that with the current down-trend in the economy that this number will only increase. Following is a list of the food items that are in greater demand for the upcoming summer: fruit juices, hamburger/tuna helper, vegetable soup, soda crackers, rice side dishes, instant potatoes, canned tomatoes, microwave popcorn, bath-sized bar soap, cold cereal, canned fruit, tomato soup, peanut butter — 18 ounce, old fashioned rice, scalloped potatoes, chili with meat, canned mixed vegetables, toilet paper — four roll package, pancake mix/syrup, jelly/jam — 18 ounce, chicken noodle/rice soup, Jell-O/pudding mix, cake/muffin mix, canned potatoes, spaghetti sauce — family size, pork and beans, canned chicken — six ounce, diapers — size four, five and six. Please do your best to help those who cannot help themselves by giving generously to the NALC Food Drive this Saturday, May 9. Help us "Stamp Out Hunger."
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