May 14 food drive’s goal is to ‘stamp out hunger’

On Saturday May 14, the largest annual one-day effort to combat hunger will once again take place in Vermillion and surrounding communities. That is the day of the 19th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive. In Vermillion, the food drive is conducted with the help of not only the letter carriers but also the rural carriers who cover the countryside including the Burbank and Meckling areas, as well as all the other postal employees. Volunteers from the Vermillion Food Pantry will also be lending a hand.

The concept is simple and donating is as easy as taking a can or two of non- perishable items and placing them by your mailbox on Saturday, May 14. Each postal address will receive a grocery bag, courtesy of Hy-Vee, several days before the food drive. Please put whatever food items you wish to donate in the grocery bag and place it in or near your mailbox. When you get your regular delivery of mail � whether a house, apartment, in town or in the country � your donation will be collected and taken to the Vermillion Food Pantry, which is operated out of Trinity Lutheran Church.  If you are not able to participate on the May14, you are encouraged to donate early. Simply leave a note with the items so that the postal employees know that this is a food pantry donation.

The Vermillion Food Pantry is staffed by volunteers from the community and for the past 27 years has been providing extra nutritional support to the needy in our Clay County community.  This Postal Food Drive comes at an important time, the conclusion of the school year.  This means that all of those children who depended on the school lunch program to provide them with the nutrition they need will no longer have access to it.

In order to fill the gap through the summer months their families depend heavily on the Food Pantry.  Current USDA data shows that one in four children in the United States do not know where there next meal will come from.  These children are also shown to be at risk for illness, have weakened immune systems, are more likely to be in fair or poor health and more likely to be hospitalized. With the current economic hardships being faced, all of these numbers are expected to rise.

This is a list of some food items which are in greater demand for the summer and donations of these items are highly important to our Food Pantry:

Mixed Fruits � Cans

Jelly/Jam

Mashed Potatoes � Large

Mac-n-Cheese – 7 oz Sizes

Pancake Mix – All Sizes

Syrups – .99 cent sizes

Rice Dinner Pouches

Bath Bars of Hand Soap

Detergent – Liquid Med

Peaches – Cans

Muffin Mixes – Small Pouches

Scalloped Potatoes – Boxed

Mixed Veggies � Cans

Rice – 1# & 2# Bags

Beef Stews

Spaghetti Sauces – All Sizes

Shampoo – 8 ozs

Diapers – 2 thru 6 Sizes

Pears-Cans

Cake Mixes – Full sized

Hamburger/Tuna Helper

Peas-Cans

Any Pasta – 1# & 2 # Bags

Cereal – Small Boxes

Tuna Fish

Tooth Paste – Family Size

Motel Shampoos/lotions

The postal food drive is held on second Saturday in May. Please be generous, donated a can or two (or whatever you are able) to the Postal Food Drive on May 14.  Please feel free to leave large quantities of food items if you desire; letter carriers will gladly gather it all.

The goal of the Vermillion NALC is to collect 5,000 pounds of food items and this can only be done with the support of the entire community. Please do your best to help those who need and deserve our help the most � the local communities� children � and generously support the Postal Food Drive on Saturday, May 14.

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