Thanks to all who donated
This letter of thanks goes out to the folks in the surrounding communities that include New Bedford, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Rochester and Wareham, who donated non-perishable food towards the 25th annual “Stamp out Hunger” food drive for the needy.
On Saturday May 13th, 2017, letter carriers and volunteer helpers from our area, picked up donated food along their routes that totaled over 42,000 pounds, which was 10,000 pounds more than last year. In Fairhaven alone, 8,690 pounds were collected.This food was left around mailboxes and on porches to help fill the shelves at the Shepherd’s Pantry in Acushnet, the Damien Place Pantry in Wareham, M.O. Food, the Immigrant Assistance Center, the Salvation Army, PACE, the Red Cross and the Catholic Social Services, all located in New Bedford.
Nationally, all 50 States and U.S. jurisdictions participated in this annual food drive to help the less fortunate. Last year, over 7.3 million pounds were collected throughout the U.S.
A very special thank you, once again, goes to the dedicated volunteers who helped out on that day. Also, a BIG thank you to The Standard-Times, The Fairhaven Neighborhood News, Advocate and to WBSM-AM radio host Phil Paleologos for the much- important, appreciated and needed publicity. Also another BIG thank you to Skip’s Marine for the use of their truck used by the Shepherd’s Pantry to transport the donated food.
Please remember that every year, the second Saturday in May will be designated for this very important food drive to help the needy. Every and all donations are appreciated and needed to make this yearly food drive the biggest one-day food drive in the nation.
And finally, the Millicent Library and Stop & Shop Supermarket, both located in Fairhaven, will continue to accept non-perishable food donations all year long that will eventually find their way to the Shepherd’s Pantry located at the Long Plain United Methodist Church, 1215 Main Street in Acushnet. Any questions please call the Shepherd’s Pantry, 508-763-9289.
Gerry Payette, Fairhaven P.O. food drive coordinator
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