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Food Drive Controversy

JUPITERF, FL (WFLX) - There's a controversy surrounding a Letter Carriers' Food Drive that's held each year at this time.

The Letter Carriers' Union collected food during its annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive last Saturday, and the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center in Jupiter got about 200 boxes of food and handed out some of it. They intend to give out the rest of it this Saturday from 5 - 7 p.m.

The El Sol Center serves as a job placement center for people including migrants, some of whom may be undocumented and are in the U.S. illegally. Some feel the food should not have gone to illegal aliens.

Matt Taylor, of Hobe Sound, said, "I think it's a travesty that they're allowing that kind of stuff to happen here! They come here and steal our jobs and take away all kinds of things from citizens basically.

Mike Richmond, of the El Sol Center said, "We don't check papers here, we don't ask and we don't care. These are human beings, everybody in Jupiter, we're serving them. I don't know why people are upset."

The letter carriers' union, which does the food drive, says it is looking into what happened.   They say a group called Feeding South Florida has a list of agencies that are supposed to get the food, and the El Sol Center is not on that list.

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