P.O. food drive

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The National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 6000 and the U.S. Postal Service will hold their annual food drive on Saturday, May 10.

Thank you to all who have donated in the past and to all the local businesses who have allowed us to post our flyers in their stores. Thanks also to The Southampton Press for publishing notices every year.

All of the food collected stays here on Long Island and is distributed through the networks of Island Harvest, Long Island Cares, the Interfaith Food Network and Long Island United Way. These networks serves all of the food pantries and local soup kitchens in Suffolk and Nassau counties. Members of Branch 6000 have collected over 15,600,000 pounds of food in the last 13 years. This year, we need your help more than ever.

The economy has taken a downturn and so too have donations to the local food pantries. Unfortunately, the number of families needing these services have increased significantly. For example, the Long Island Council of Churches food pantry in Riverhead served about 700 people in January while, in the past, 300 in January was the norm. Many of these people were elderly. According to Long Island Cares, nearly 250,000 people here on Long Island go hungry; 100,000 of them are children and nearly 40,000 are elderly, and the numbers are growing. About half of these people have at least one income in the house.

How can you help? Leave non-perishable canned or dry food at your mailbox on Saturday, May 10 and your letter carrier will pick it up while making their “appointed rounds.” The food will be sorted and delivered to the food networks in less than a week. It’s an easy way to help your neighbors in need. Thank you.

JIM TUTHILLNALC Shop StewardSouthampton

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