On Saturday, May 11, the largest annual one-day effort to combat hunger will once again take place in Vermillion. That is the day of the 21st annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.
This food drive is conducted with the help of not only the letter carriers but also the rural carriers, who cover the country side 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 to help collect as many food items as possible.
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 11. When you get your regular delivery of mail, your donation will be collected and taken to the Vermillion Food Pantry, which is operated out of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Items that can be donated include canned and boxed non-perishable foods. If you wish to donate a bag full of food items, just place it near your mailbox. If you are not able to participate on May 11, 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 29 years has been providing extra nutritional support to the needy in our Clay County community.
This Postal Food Drive always comes at an important time – the conclusion of the school year. This means all of those children who depended on the school lunch and breakfast 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 five 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 be hospitalized. With the current economic hardships being faced, the number of at risk children is 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 the food pantry:
Fruit juices – family size, Hamburger Helper or Tuna Helper, tuna and canned chicken – small cans, canned soup – all kinds, pasta and pasta/rice side dishes, cans of tomatoes, peas, beans and potatoes, cold cereals, cans of fruits – all kinds, jelly or jam, cake/muffin mixes, spaghetti sauces – family size, Spaghettios, pork and beans, mac-n-cheese, diapers-sized 3, 4, 5 or 6.
Please be generous; donate a can or two (or whatever you are able) to the Food Drive on May 11. The goal of the Vermillion Postal Food Drive 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 – our children – and generously support the Postal Food Drive on Saturday May 11.