George J. Hayden Electric staff members and their families volunteered their time to help restock supplies at food pantries throughout Greater Hazleton as part of the 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
Hayden Electric has been donating the use of its warehouse on Maple Street in Hazleton since the drive’s inception. The United Way of Greater Hazleton and the National Association of Letter Carriers coordinate the drive, which restocks local food pantries for the summer and fall months.
“We wouldn’t be able to do this without the Hayden family,” Rich Saullo, director of resource development for the United Way, said.
The annual drive is held the second Saturday in May across the United States. Local mail carriers collected boxes and bags of nonperishable food items along their mail routes and brought them back to the Hayden Electric warehouse for sorting. Saullo estimated that the drive would net between 11 and 16 tons of food for pantries across Greater Hazleton, including Catholic Social Services, the Salvation Army, Commission on Economic Opportunity and United Charities.