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United Way food drive under way

The United Way of Rutland County in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carrier's 495 will be conducting its annual food drive on Saturday, May 8.

Last year, the local Letter Carrier Food Drive placed in the top 10 in the nation for the number of pounds of food collected among communities similar in size. This year, the United Way will strive to be first in the nation as Campbell's has pledged to donate extra food to the top drive.

Food Donations are collected all throughout Rutland County by letter carriers along their mail route. The food is taken back to your respective post office and distributed to three local community food shelves-BROC, the Community Cupboard, and the Salvation Army.

In the Fair Haven area, food goes to Fair Haven Concerned and the Poultney letter carriers bring the collected food to the Poultney Food Shelf.

Food collection will take place in each of the following zip codes: 05701/05702, 05733, 05743, 05759, 05764, 05765, 05777, 05156 and 05149. If you do not live on a mail route, food donations can be brought directly to the Rutland City Post Office on Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Locally, over 25,000 pounds of food are collected, with more than 71 million pounds collected nationally.

Please support your community by donating any of the following non- perishable food items: peanut butter, jelly, pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and fruit, tuna fish, canned meats, baby food, soup, puddings, and juices. Cleaning supplies, paper goods and diapers are always in demand as well. Please do not donate outdated products, home-canned goods, glass containers or perishable items like potatoes, baked goods, onions or bread.

For details, call United Way at 773-7477.

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