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LETTER: Drive nets two tons of food

To the Editor:

The Five Loaves Food and Clothing Center sends a huge thank you to the mail carriers and residents of the New Richmond School District for participating in the May 11 National Letter Carrier's "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive.

Mail carriers left donation bags and information at residences and a few days later they picked up donations left by you -- the residents. These donations required additional lifting by the 13 mail carriers on that Saturday. Donations to Five Loaves Food Pantry totaled 3,935 pounds, almost two tons.

This year was the 21st annual National Association of Letter Carrier's Food Drive, billed as the largest one day food drive in the nation. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is a nationwide effort to provide food to local food banks and pantries that would otherwise have depleted stocks during the summer months.

Summers are a hardship to families whose children are no longer receiving the free or reduced priced school breakfast and lunch program. Food pantries notice an increase in families with children over the summer months.

Five Loaves Food Shelf in New Richmond is located at 101 Green Avenue, the former Middle School. To stop in, use the northwest entrance, door #9, the former band room.

A utility or phone bill is needed on the first visit to the pantry to verify address. The food shelf is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon and Wednesday afternoons, 2-4 p.m.

For more information or to volunteer call 715-246-9491.

Once again, thank you mail carriers and residents of New Richmond. Together we can and do make a difference!

Sarah Johnson

Board Member

Five Loaves Food and Clothing Center

New Richmond