Postal workers gather food
By BY SONNY LONG - SLONG@VICAD.COM
May 27, 2011 at 12:27 a.m.
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Saturday, June 4 - Red Cross Heroes 5k run, Riverside Park, 7:30 a.m., $20. Advance registration at www.active.com. 361-573-2671
Saturday, June 4 - Crossroads Pet Rescue & Rehabilitation dog wash, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 5510 N. Navarro St., small dogs, $10; medium dogs, $15; large dogs, $20. 361-894-8787
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FOOD BANK OF THE GOLDEN CRESCENT
The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent received more than 10,000 pounds of food as a result of the recent Stamp Out Hunger food drive conducted by the U.S. Postal Service.
Victoria County letter carriers picked up donations along their routes on May 14 and brought in 10,253 pounds of food.
"A hunger drive on the scope of the letter carriers' brings tremendous visibility to hunger and an awareness of the work of food banks," said Dennis Brown, executive director of the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent.
"Awareness and visibility provokes good people to action and this results not only in donations of food and cash but increased participation in the number of volunteers," Brown said. "We can never let down our guard in the fight against hunger for it is with us 24/7."
During the 11 years of the postal worker's food drive Victoria County residents have donated more than 130,000 pounds food, averaging almost 12,000 pounds per year.
For the Postal Service's efforts, Guadalupe Vega, a supervisor, accepted the Helping Hands award on its behalf last week at the food bank's 25th anniversary celebration and agency relations conference.
To learn more about how you can help the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, call 361-578-0591 or visit victoriafoodbank.org.