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'Help Stamp Out Hunger' Postal Carrier Food Drive this Saturday

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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 care of.

“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.”

Non-perishable, unbreakable

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.

 

Posted 5/8/2013