Annual Post Office Food Drive for the benefit of Bristol Community Food Pantry

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It’s Food Drive time again. On May 9 the USPS letter carriers will collect food for the Bristol Food Pantry and Jefferson Township Food Pantry.  Last year, Bristol Post Office collected close to two tons of food.

To contribute, simply put your donation out on your mailbox on before 9 a.m. Saturday Morning, May 9.  Put a reasonable amount of groceries in the “NO MORE HUNGER” (or other) grocery sacks, and if it is raining put that sack in a plastic one. Hang sack on the mail box, or leave it on the ground. There will be “bag buddies”, volunteers who will follow your letter carrier’s route and pick up the donations and transport it back to the pantry. The bag buddies help your carriers complete their route in the normal amount of time instead of having to double back to the pantry to unload the groceries when their vehicle gets too full.

Donations can be delivered directly to the Post Office or to Bristol United Methodist Church  (M-F: 9-4) 201 S. Division Street (Indiana 15).  The Food Drive will get credit for all donations to the pantry the week AFTER Mother’s Day

Needed is: Canned food especially canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned and powdered milk, peanut butter, ketchup, grape jelly, pancake syrup.

Boxes: Dry cereal, instant mashed potatoes, pancake mix, biscuit mix, and saltine crackers. Ramen Noodles.

Little extras in life: Brownie mix, pudding, jello, small envelopes of Kool-Aid, tea bags.

Meals. Canned chicken, tuna, chunky Soups, Spaghetti and Spaghetti Sauce, Canned tomatoes, chicken noodle and tomato soup, baked beans, and kidney beans for chili.

Non food items, things food stamps do not buy, are really needed. Paper products and toiletry items: paper towels, toilet paper, facial tissue, sanitary pads, razors, dish and laundry detergent, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, and bath soap. We cannot use open boxes of food, but we can use open boxes of sanitary products.

Please do not donate food that have expired dates, cans that are rusty, or boxes or bags that are torn or broken.  We are required to throw such things away. Glass bottles tend to get broken during transport.

Volunteers Needed for the Food Drive on May 9, 2015

Bag buddies: 6 teams of a driver over the age of 18 and an assistant to take the food from the mail boxes.  Arrive at the Food Pantry/ODC at 9:00 a.m. to get your route maps, car signs and volunteer badges. Call Brenda at 333-8959 to volunteer.

Unloaders: Individuals who can lift 20-30 pounds to unload food from the Bag Buddies’ vehicles, take it out of the bags, throw the bags away, and do the FIRST SORT placing the food on tables, or in grocery carts for the categories: Bottles and Jars, Canned Goods, Boxes, Hygiene, Paper and toiletries.

Cart pushers: Take the loaded grocery cart around to the sorting tables

Checkers and Sorters:  This is a sit down job which requires no lifting. Receive the cans at their table, for example, Canned Vegetables, they check the expiration date, date the food 5/15 indicating it was donated May 2015 and sort it into flat cartons of 12, e.g. 12 cans peas, 12 cans green string beans etc.  Throw away rusty cans, open boxes and food with dates older than 2013

Stackers:  must be able to lift 12 pounds.  Stack all the peas in one stack, all the corn, all the tomato soup, etc.

Transporters:  Count how many trays/flat cartons and log in on the food log to estimate the weight of what was donated and then move the cartons to the Pantry or the Jefferson Van.

Storers:  Store the flats on the correct shelves in the pantry.  People who have worked in the pantry are preferred.  Items must be left in the CARDBOARD FLATS!

Supervisors.  Individuals who have volunteered before who are pretty familiar with how the assembly line goes.

To volunteer, call Brenda at 574 333-8959 or call the pantry contact at your church, or, just show up at the pantry in the rear of the ODC (Old Scamerhorn Building) 101 W. Vistula Street on Saturday morning. Workers are needed between the hours of 10 and 5, with the most need between 12 and 3.  You do not have to work the entire day, a two hour shift will be appreciated.  Lunch will be provided. Call 333-8959 if you have questions

Thank you so much for your support!   from Brenda Spence Bristol Community Pantry Coordinator


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