United Way of York County and the Fort Mill Post Office urges residents to participate in the annual food drive Saturday, May 9. Families and individuals are asked to place non-breakable, nonperishable food items beside their mailbox for their mail carrier to pick up during the regular mail route.
Items are brought back to the post office, where they are distributed to local agencies. Although the U.S. Postal Food Drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation, United Way officials are concerned due to donations dropping over the past several years.
“Our agencies are in desperate need,” United Way Community Resource Coordinator Diane Wells said. “Restocking these shelves is vital to hundreds of hungry families across York County. Success is the only option.”
Because the food drive is always the Saturday before Mother’s Day and many residents are out-of-town, United Way officials are asking local businesses, churches and organizations to hold food drives the week before Mother’s Day, giving all residents and employees a chance to participate.
“By holding a food drive between May 4 and May 8, those people leaving town can still give a food donation before they go,” Wells said. “If just one-half of York County’s population gave one soup can each, we’d have more than 100,000 pounds of food to fill our shelves, compared to the 30,000 we received last year.”
Posters to help promote the food drive in companies or neighborhoods are available by calling United Way at 324-2735 or can be downloaded at www.unitedwayofyc.org. To sign up for a food drive, please call Diane Wells at 324-2735 or 803-684-9847.