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Stamp Out Hunger is this Saturday

The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 21th annual food drive to combat hunger on Saturday, May 11.

Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes, allowing postal patrons to easily donate food to their local food shelves.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive never has been more important than in these times, with hunger a growing problem that affects about 50 million people around the country, including 17 million children and nine million senior citizens.

Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.

On Saturday, letter carriers will collect donations left by residents near their mail boxes, as they deliver mail.

People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.

Carriers will bring the food to local food banks, pantries or shelters.

With questions, contact the local post office, or visit