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|Stamp Out Hunger|
|Date: ||May 12th, 2012 |
|Information: ||FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Carolyn Lake
CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY AND NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
LETTER CARRIERS CELEBRATE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF
STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE
On Saturday, May 12, 2012, Campbell Soup Company will join forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to help Stamp Out Hunger across America. Now in its 20th year, the annual food drive has grown from a regional to a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.
Postal patrons are asked to place non-perishable food in a bag next to their mailbox before their carrier arrives on Saturday, May 12th. The carriers will pick up the food and distribute it to local hunger relief agencies. In Morris County, post offices in Madison, Chatham, Morris Plains (includes patrons in Whippany, Parsippany, and Cedar Knolls), Morristown, Mendham, Rockaway, Florham Park and Mountain Lakes will collect for the Interfaith Food Pantry and Resource Center.
“Stamp Out Hunger makes a huge impact on our community”, said Carolyn Lake, Assistant Director of the Interfaith Food Pantry. “This drive has historically provided us with much of the food we distribute over the summer, when groups that normally collect for us are on vacation”, she said. “But it does more than that. Since the letter carriers are doing all the legwork, it makes it very convenient for people to help. So while it serves the purpose of providing food to those who need it most, it also makes it easy to give the public a sense of community involvement. It’s a pure win-win situation for everyone involved.”
The Interfaith Food Pantry is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with locations in Morris Plains and Morristown. In 2011, the Pantry served more than 5,500 households, or over 12,500 Morris County residents, and distributed 688,000 pounds of food. Clients include low-income working families, seniors living on fixed incomes, those with disabilities and unemployed workers.
Items most sought by the Pantry include powdered milk, canned fruits, hearty soups, canned fish, cereal and oatmeal, dried or canned beans, canned meats and meals, rice, pasta, mac ‘n cheese, tomato or spaghetti sauce and pasta. For more information, visit www.mcifp.org.
Photo Caption: Volunteers from Bethlehem Church in Randolph display some of the items collected by Letter Carriers across Morris County for the Interfaith Food Pantry. Carriers in 11 towns collected more than 25,000 pounds of food for the agency in 2011.
|Phone: ||973-538-8049 Ext. 211|
|Contact: ||Carolyn Lake email@example.com|
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