Local postal carriers picked up 5,241 pounds of food and personal care items as part of the national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 14.
The items were delivered to the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry (HACSM) food pantry) to benefit local needy families.
Nearly, 5,000 pounds was received by the letter carriers from the Highland Post Office, with another 320 pounds collected by the Alhambra Post Office.
“The Highland food pantry would like to thank the Highland area and surrounding communities for their generosity in aiding them in providing a hand up to those less fortunate in our area,” said Teresa Boudouris, associate director of the food pantry. “John Fields has been the coordinator for the local letter carriers for many years and does an excellent job promoting the event and providing administrative assistance to make sure things run smoothly on the day of the food drive.”
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HACSM is grateful for the monetary donation received from Saline Township as part of the food drive and to Oberbeck Grain Co. for the use of their scale to weigh the donations, Boudouris said.
Highland Rural King also provided plastic bags for the letter carriers to distribute prior to the food drive for residents to use for their donations.
Boudouris said the support of the businesses and residents of the community is greatly appreciated both by HACSM and the clients it serves.
About the Food Pantry
Location: 900 Chestnut St., Highland
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Service Area: The Highland School District, plus the area east of Illinois Route 4 in Madison County. The cities include: Highland, Grantfork Alhambra, New Douglas, Pierron, St. Jacob and Marine.