05/12/11 — Mail carriers picking up food Saturday

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Mail carriers picking up food Saturday

By From staff reports
Published in News on May 12, 2011 1:46 PM

The local chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers and Rural Carriers, in partnership with United Way of Wayne County, will be conducting a food drive Saturday. The local drive is part of a national effort by more than 1,300 NALC branches in the United States to help fill local food banks.

Local letter carriers' goal is to collect 16,000 pounds of non-perishable food to benefit seven local charities and food banks in Wayne County. Community Soup Kitchen of Goldsboro, HGDC Community Crisis Center, The Salvation Army, Shiloh Farm Ministry, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, United Church Ministries and Wayne Uplift Domestic Violence Shelter will be receiving the non-perishable food that is collected in Wayne County.

Volunteers from participating agencies, area churches, and AT&T Call Center will join carriers in sorting, loading, and distributing the food. Bryant Hoots with Hoots Hauling in Goldsboro and The Salvation Army are lending large trucks to help in the collection and distribution of the collected food to participating agencies.

The drive will cover residents with a Goldsboro ZIP code, including 27530 through 27534. Postal customers wishing to donate items may place them by their mailbox on the morning of the food drive or take their donation to either the Berkeley Station Post Office or the Downtown Post Office anytime prior to Saturday and place it in the hamper found in the lobby.

Food drive organizers are asking patrons for non-glass containers only, and to check expiration dates to make sure that no expired food is donated.