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May 8, 2014

Letter carriers to collect food donations

DANVILLE — Letter carriers will be collecting food donations on Saturday as part of the 22nd anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual food drive.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the nation’s largest one-day food drive conducted every year on the second Saturday of May. Locally, NALC Branch 825 has participated for the last 19 years, with the total amount of food collected increasing each year. But so does the need, according to a press release.

The local food drive helps the Danville Area Food Pantry.

Local food pantries have seen an ever-growing number of families, proportionate to the amount of joblessness in the area, the release said.

In addition, with rising prices, more and more families — even working families — find themselves needing to turn to food pantries to fill the gaps. Some families are often forced to choose between paying bills or buying groceries.

The food provided by local pantries, such as the Danville Area Food Pantry, help extend the budgets of hundreds of local families.

Also with summer on the horizon, the need is even greater as children who would normally receive lunch at school will instead be out of school for the summer.

Beth Kelley, NALC Branch 825 food drive coordinator, said in the release, “Donating is easy; simply place non-perishable food items, such as canned soup, canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, tuna, macaroni or cereal out by your mailbox early on the morning of May 10. Your letter carrier will pick up your donation while they make their regular rounds.

“The food collected on this one day is enough to last us for a month,” said Chuck Brooks, chairman of the Danville Area Food Pantry.

“What the letter carriers collect on Saturday is sorted and in the families’ hands that need it by Monday. We can’t thank the letter carriers, rural carriers, post office and the community enough for all of their help,” he said.

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