Postal Workers “harvest” food for hungry Marylanders

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SALISBURY – Postal workers will make it easy for their customers to contribute to the Maryland Food Bank – Eastern Shore by collecting food as part of their Harvest for the Hungry spring food drive March 7-14.

The local affiliate helps to feed 34,000 people in the four-county area every month through programs such as their mobile food pantry program that currently serves 33 impoverished communities in the four-county area. Their warehouse in Salisbury also supplies 231 local food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters.

If you would like to help, place a bag of food at your residential mailbox March 7 – 14, 2009 and representatives from the United States Postal Service will pick it up. Donations will be delivered to your local food bank.

Bring your donations of non-perishable food items to your local post office. “The post office will do the rest,” said Tim Haney, Salisbury postmaster.

Yvonne Terry, MFB – ES branch manager, explained that the need for food assistance is up by 50 percent across the state as unemployment rates continue to rise. “The food the postal workers collect will help us to feed those in the four-county area who depend on the organization every month to supplement their food supply.”

Harvest for the Hungry (HFTH) is a year-round volunteer effort by various corporations and organizations to raise food, funds and awareness for the Maryland Food Bank and its counterparts throughout Maryland. Initially, this effort began in 1986 as a holiday food drive. It was extended because, as Larry V. Adam, Jr., the founder, pointed out, “hunger takes no holiday.” In its distinguished 20+ year history, Harvest for the Hungry campaigns have collected more than 28 million pounds of food.

For more information about programs of the MFB – ES call 410-742-0050.