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Postal food drive kicks off in Pa.

May 06, 1999|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Rural and city letter carriers in Waynesboro will be picking up donated food items on Saturday at the same time they make their appointed postal rounds in their annual effort to beef up the pantries of area food kitchens, a postal worker said.

Rusty Sease, local shop steward for the National Association of Letter Carriers, said postal workers around the country participate in the annual event.

A spokeswoman at the Greencastle, Pa., Post Office said carriers there will join in the effort Saturday.

"This will be our eighth year," Sease said. Nearly all 35 employees in the Waynesboro Post Office will take part, he said. That includes 13 city carriers and nine rural carriers plus substitutes. Clerks will accept food donations through their windows on Saturday morning.

Last year's effort netted more than 8,000 pounds of nonperishable foodstuffs, Sease said.

Postal patrons, city and rural, are asked to fill plastic grocery bags with canned and other nonperishable foods and hang them on or near their mailboxes so the carriers can grab them as they make their rounds.

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Other postal workers will provide shuttle service, meeting the carriers on their routes and taking the collected food back to the post office.

All of the food goes to the loading dock where volunteers from the charitable agencies that eventually receive it help sort out and box it.

Sease said the three agencies served by the Waynesboro Post Office include the Waynesboro Welfare Association, the Waynesboro Area Human Services Council and The Lunch Place.

In Greencastle the food will go to the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Greencastle Food Pantry.

The post office mails postcards out to all of its patrons notifying them of the date of the food drive, Sease said.

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