This year’s Postal Food Drive for the Duneland community will be held on
Saturday, May 11, the same day as the national USPS Carriers “Help Stamp Out
Hunger” food collection.
This is the 21st year for the National Association of Letter Carriers Food
Drive. Nationally, the Food Drive has collected more than a billion pounds
of food during its 20 year history.
Locally the Duneland postal workers have participated in the “Postal Food
Drive” for the past 19 years and have been able to donate approximately
90,000 pounds of donations to the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry.
This year, as in the past, the Food Drive is in need of the community’s
help. The economy is still in recession and many neighbors, friends, and
fellow residents are in need of assistance. This drive will go a long way in
easing the pressure, providing help in knowing that their next meal is taken
“During the years that the Chesterton Post Office has participated in the
Food Drive the Duneland community has been very generous, and we are hoping
that this year will be no exception,” said Timothy F. Callaway, NALC Branch
4800 President and local Food Drive Coordinator. “We cannot say thank-you
enough to our local residents, volunteers, city carriers, clerks, rural
carriers, and sponsors for the hard work and support that makes this day
such a success.”
The donations collected will be given to the local Westchester Neighbors
Food Pantry. Items will be distributed to neighbors who need a helping hand
in the community. The food pantry needs donations of items used on a regular
basis in the home, which could include toilet paper, paper towels, tooth
paste, dish soap, bar soap, diapers, and all non-perishable food items.
Please do not leave any glass items for pick-up.
Leave items near mailbox
The community is asked to leave donations in a bag by their mailbox. If
residents could leave their donations out early, volunteers will begin
picking up food around 10 a.m. on Saturday. This will help get the food to
the food pantry volunteers as early as possible for sorting.
Donations can also be brought to the Chesterton Post Office if needed.