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Hall Township Food Pantry needs your help

SPRING VALLEY – Jan Martin is looking for a few helpers to assist in stocking the shelves of the Hall Township Food Pantry.
Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes. They also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers who participate in the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive – the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
Martin, director of Project Success, which operates the food pantry, said each letter carrier needs a driver and small group to help them after they bring the donated food items back to the street.
“We will have trucks and vans following them with volunteers to jump out and collect the bags,” Martin said. “All bags will then be brought to the food pantry where volunteers will separate and organize the donations.”
Martin said volunteers should meet at the post office at 8:15 a.m. and be willing to work until about 2:30 p.m. Other volunteers will be needed to sort the donations at the food pantry, which is located at 500 N. Terry St. in Spring Valley.
Martin said the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is important for local communities because it helps stock food pantries for summer, a time when there’s an increased need for food assistance, especially for children who are out of school.
“You know how many people we feed in a normal month - nearly 900 in April,” she said. “The number increases dramatically in summer as parents must also provide breakfast and lunch - the meals students typically eat at school. Sadly, donations to pantries decrease when there isn’t a national holiday for food collection.”
Volunteers can call Martin at 815-663-2085 for more information.
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