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Postal Carrier Food Drive assists Pine Island Food Pantry

May 23, 2018
By ED FRANKS (efranks@breezenewspapers.com) , Pine Island Eagle

Saturday, May 12, was national "Stamp Out Hunger" Postal Food Drive Day and Pine Island/Matlacha residents helped fill the shelves of the Pine Island Food Pantry.

"This is the drive that provides so much for the Pine Island Food Pantry," Board President Dave Grueser said. "This is the collection that carries us through the summer."

Every second Saturday in May, the National Association of Letter Carriers members (AFL-CIO), in more than 10,000 cities, collect non-perishable foods for food banks. The program is known as "Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive," which is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

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Peg Cruckshank, chairperson for the Food Panty, checks the food collected during the Postal Carriers Food drive.

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"On Pine Island it's a little different," Grueser said. "Volunteers at the Food Pantry assist the letter carriers by going around and picking up the food ahead of the carriers. All residents had to do is place the food next to their mail boxes by 9 a.m. and we'll do the rest."

All food donated goes to the Pine Island Food Pantry and stays on the Island.

"This is the drive that provides much needed food for the summer months when donations are down," Grueser said.

Pines Island residents donated a record 6,142 pounds of food this year. Drive organizers offered special thanks to all who made this year a huge success - the postal carries, volunteers from the pantry, Beacon of HOPE, Matlacha Hookers, Boy Scouts and residents who did advance pick-up in their neighborhood, plus all who donated.

"This food will make sure that no one goes hungry on Pine Island and in Matlacha," Grueser said.

 
 

 

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