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Spring Valley prepares for food collection

Published: Friday, May 9, 2014 9:35 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 9, 2014 12:32 p.m. CDT

SPRING VALLEY — Letter carriers in Spring Valley are joining the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers Saturday morning collecting non-perishable food donations to benefit the their local food pantries.

On Thursday, Jan Martin, director of Hall Twp. Food Pantry, said postcards have been delivered to Spring Valley houses asking residents to participate in this national "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive.

Residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday. All items collected will be taken to Hall Township Food Pantry for distribution to patrons. Residents are asked to put out their donations early, as volunteers may sometimes precede letter carriers.

People may call the food pantry at 815-663-2085 if they are interested in volunteering when the food is delivered, Martin said.

Pam Donato, who coordinates the effort, said the timing of the food drive is important. Pantry shelves fill up through winter-holiday generosity, but often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition, she said.

Martin agreed, saying the need is even greater during the summer months.

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