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May 13 food drive helps fill shelves at Pine Island Food Pantry

May 3, 2017
By ED FRANKS (efranks@breezenewspapers.com) , Pine Island Eagle

Next Saturday, May 13, is "Stamp Out Hunger" national Postal Service food drive day.

"This is the drive that provides so much for the Pine Island Food Pantry," pantry board president Dave Grueser said. "This is the collection that carries us through the summer."

Every second Saturday in May, the National Association of Letter Carriers members (AFL-CIO), in more than 10,000 cities collect non-perishable foods for food banks. The program is known as "Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive," which is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

"On Pine Island it's a little different," Grueser said. "Vol-unteers at the Food Pantry assist the letter carriers by going around and picking up the food ahead of the carriers. All residents have to do is place the food next to their mail boxes by 9 a.m. and we'll do the rest."

All food donated goes to the Pine Island Food Pantry and stays on the Island.

"This is the drive that provides much needed food for the summer months when donations are down," Grueser said. "If you're leaving before the food drive, the island Post offices will accept donations prior to the drive."

If you would like to collect in your neighborhood, contact Grueser at 282-9392 or dgrueser@embarqmail.com for details.

The pantry is entering its 24th year of service to island neighbors in need.

Last year the Pine Island Food Pantry served 4,168 clients, 2,552 adults, 446 seniors and 1,070 children.

The Food Pantry is housed in the Life Center of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church on Stringfellow Road in Bokeelia. For additional information, call 239-443-6561 and leave a message.

Nonperishable food for the pantry can always be dropped off at the following locations. Winn-Dixie, V.F.W., American Legion, Moose, Stonegate Bank and the Matlacha Post Office.

 
 

 

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