May 14, 2016 @ 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United States Postal Service, the United Way of Ulster County, UlsterCorps, and the Kingston Post Office are coordinating a countywide food drive to collect food for local food pantries.

“Food pantries are still seeing record numbers of clients, says Su Marcy, United Way Vice President. Often, they struggle to fill their shelves at the end of the month. Going into the summer season is usually a challenge for families with children home from school who would normally take advantage of school meal programs. Pantries traditionally see an increase in demand over the summer months.” Last year’s food drive brought in 7,000 pounds of food that was distributed by 19 food pantries throughout Ulster County. This year’s goal is to collect 15,000 pounds of food.

You can help by leaving non-perishable food items such as pasta, dry milk, cereal, and canned goods (please NO glass), for your letter carrier on Saturday, May 7th or by bringing donations to your local post office or the United Way office (450 Albany Avenue, Kingston) beginning Monday, May 2nd.

Food pantries wishing to participate must contact Su Marcy, United Way of Ulster County, 845-331-4199, x2 or sumarcy@ulsterunitedway.org, prior to May 7th. Local civic organizations wishing to make donations should contact Su Marcy or contact Mike Bachor, Kingston Post Office, 845-331-2286.