Track 7 reaches cash contribution goal for last year's Food Pantry fund raiser

| 15 Feb 2012 | 11:21

Warwick — They called it the “5 and 5” campaign. Last January, to mark its fifth year in business, Ken and Betsy Mitchell, owners of Track 7 Postal Center, at 5 First St., announced they were seeking to collect 5,000 pounds of food and raise $5,000 for the Warwick Ecumenical Council’s Food Pantry. “At the end of the year we were just over our cash goal but a little under our pounds of food,” reported Betsy Mitchell. “I think it was easier for our customers to bring cash and they were more likely to forget a can of food.” Track 7, known for its expert packing, US Postal services, mail box rentals, passport photos, copies and as an authorized shipping center for Federal Express and DHL, has also been serving as the drop off for Angel Tree contributions during Warwick’s annual celebration of Home for the Holidays. The Warwick Ecumenical Council’s Food Pantry, located in the United Methodist Church on 17A and Forester Avenue, then distributes donated gifts and food to the needy, not only during the holidays but also throughout the year. And during last year Track 7 periodically provided much needed cash and food donations for the organization. “Last year’s '5 and 5’ campaign for the Food Pantry was a natural for us,” said Betsy Mitchell. “People who knew about our involvement with the Angel Tree and the Food Pantry were coming in and asking us how they could do more. And I want to thank each and every one of our customers who opened their hearts and their wallets and helped us make this campaign a success.” In addition to the Warwick Ecumenical Council’s Food Pantry, the owners of Track 7 also offer a year long collection drop for the Warwick Valley Humane Society’s Animal Shelter. And after an article about that appeared in The Warwick Advertiser, an anonymous donor and Track 7 customer wrote a $1,000 check for the Humane Society. “The people in this community are wonderful,” said Mitchell. “And we are continuing these fundraisers throughout 2012.” For additional information call 544-1810.