You’ve done it! On May 14th, many of you participated in the 24th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive for local food shelves and helped to contribute more food than last year.
Green Mountain United Way helped coordinate the drive with letter carriers in its five county service area of Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans and Washington. In just one day, 19,518 pounds of non-perishable food items were donated – nearly 600 pounds more than last year. That food was immediately distributed to 24 of our community food pantries here in northeastern and central Vermont. In the greater Barre/Montpelier area, food was distributed to St. Monica’s Catholic Church, the Hedding Methodist Church, the Montpelier Food Pantry at Trinity Church, the Christ Church Food Pantry, the Marshfield Food Shelf, the Middlesex Food Shelf, the Twin Valley Senior Center, CERV in Northfield, the Williamstown Food Shelf and the Worcester Food Shelf.
This NALC drive is the largest one-day event for the benefit of food shelves across our nation bringing in over 71 million pounds of food for the hungry. The need is critical. According to Steve Doherty of the U.S. Postal Service, “One in six Americans is unsure where their next meal is coming from. Nearly 16 million children feel the impact of hunger on their overall health and ability to perform in school, and 5 million seniors over age 60 have to decide between daily meals or paying for rent or needed medications.”
Thank you to all who supported this very important food drive and helped to Stamp Out Hunger. This is just one of the many initiatives that GMUW is actively involved in to make a positive difference for the people of our area. If you were not aware of this annual drive, keep the second Saturday in May of 2017 in mind and on your calendars.
For more information about your local United Way, please contact them at 802-622-8056 in Barre.