NALC food drive a success

Volunteers at the Valley Outreach loading dock in Stillwater unload donations May 11 from a U.S. Postal Service truck. More than 17,000 pounds of food and other items were collected during the one-day drive. Volunteers stock donations on the food shelves at Valley Outreach. (Submitted photo)

Volunteers at the Valley Outreach loading dock in Stillwater unload donations May 11 from a U.S. Postal Service truck. More than 17,000 pounds of food and other items were collected during the one-day drive. Volunteers stock donations on the food shelves at Valley Outreach. (Submitted photo)

Last month’s National Association of Letter Carriers one-day food drive collected almost 18,000 pounds of non-perishable food and personal care items from St. Croix Valley residents, NALC officials said.

Slightly more than 17,800 pounds of donations were collected locally during the May 11 event and delivered to Valley Outreach. The NALC’s one-day national food drive is the largest effort in the U.S.

Approximately 70 volunteers from local organizations including the St. Croix Valley Labor Assembly, United Way of Washington County-East, Valley Outreach, Stillwater Area High School and more met each local U.S. Postal Service letter carrier as they arrived at Valley Outreach with trucks full of donations, unloaded the vehicles and stocked Valley Outreach food shelves.

“The food collected through the NALC Food Drive each year is so essential to our organization,” said Valley Outreach Food Shelf Director Elizabeth Stone. “The thousands of pounds collected help keep our shelves full going into the busy summer months when kids are home and without free or reduced cost meals from school. It is also an inspiring day that demonstrates the generosity and support of our incredible community and reminds us that we are not doing this alone.”

“We are so grateful to the letter carriers for taking on the extra load, as well as the volunteers from the St. Croix Valley Labor Assembly and Valley Outreach who helped make this food drive a success,” added UWWC-E Executive Director Angie Lien. “The cooperation between all the organizations shows how our community really ‘Lives United.’”

For more information contact the United Way of Washington County-East office at 651-439-3838 or email kate@uwwce.org or visit www.BuildBetterLives.org.

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