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Postal food drive to be held Saturday

By From staff reports
Published in News on May 9, 2012 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 on Saturday.

The local drive is part of a national effort by more than 1,300 chapters across the country to help fill local food banks.

The goal of Wayne County's letter carriers 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, Inc., 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, the AT&T Call Center and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, will join carriers in sorting, loading, and distributing the food. Bryant Hoots with Hoots Hauling 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 -- 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 Berkley Station Post Office or the Downtown Post Office through May 16 and place it in the hamper in the lobby.

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