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posted: 6/9/2014 5:01 AM

Township grateful for 8,000 lbs. of food

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With one in six Americans either living at risk of hunger or not knowing where their next meal will come from, the Letter Carriers' Food Drive is just as important today as when it began 22 years ago. The annual Postal Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive was held on May 10 and the Schaumburg postal carriers delivered 8,000 pounds of groceries to the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry!

Residents of Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates placed nonperishable groceries at their mailboxes to be picked up by the postal carriers. We thank these communities for their contributions; their actions will ensure that residents in need of food within Schaumburg Township will receive assistance.

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We are grateful to the Schaumburg Postal Service Carriers who went the "extra mile" to deliver the donations to the township. We appreciate the volunteers from the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association of Schaumburg who boxed and sorted the groceries that day. And our awesome township volunteers who sorted through the donations for weeks after the event. Thank you also, Katy and Waldo, the owners of Riccardo's Restaurant, for donating pizzas for lunch. With all of this support, we were able to coordinate this event to run efficiently and successfully.

The Township of Schaumburg food pantry serves approximately 500 households a month. Appointments are scheduled to use the client choice pantry on a monthly basis. The pantry shelves empty quickly of canned meats, canned tomato products, pasta, canned fruit, peanut butter and jelly, juice, as well as paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels, and personal hygiene items, all of which are in demand throughout the year. Please keep the pantry in mind as you do your family shopping.

Call General Assistance at (847) 884-0030 for information or assistance. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Mary Wroblewski,

Schaumburg Township supervisor

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