This year’s Postal
Food Drive for the Duneland community will be held on Saturday, May 12.
This is the 26th
year for the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive. Nationally,
the Food Drive collected over 75 million pounds of food last year, witha
cumulative total of 1.6 billion pounds of food during its 25 year history.
Duneland postal workers have participated in the “Postal Food Drive” for the
past 24 years and have collected approximately 115,000 pounds in donations.
These donations have been given directly to the local Westchester Neighbors
These food drives
could not be successful if it were not for the help of the community and
generous postal customers. This year, as in the past, the Food Drive is in
need of the community’s help. Families in local neighborhoods can use that
help. Food collected will go a long way in easing the pressures of life, as
we give our neighbors a helping hand.
As in the past,
items collected will go to the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry. The pantry
will be helped by donation of items that are used on a daily basis.
Suggested items include toilet paper, paper towels, tooth paste, dish soap,
bar soap, and diapers, as well as any non-perishable food items.
The community is
asked to leave donations in a bag near their mailbox. If residents leave
their donations out early, the postal carriers and volunteers will be
picking up items starting around 10 a.m. This will help get the donations to
food pantry volunteers for sorting. Please do not leave any glass items
Donations can also
be brought to the Chesterton Post Office, if needed.
“I cannot say
thank-you enough to our residents, volunteers, city carriers, clerks, rural
carriers, and sponsors for all the hard work and support that they provide
to make this day such a success,” said organizer Timothy Callaway.
During the years
that the Chesterton Post Office has participated in the Food Drive the
Duneland community has been very generous, and it is hoped that this year
will be no exception. Help carriers to help others by stocking the shelves
of the Food Pantry.