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May 22, 2018

5/8/2018 2:48:00 PM
Letter carriers' hunger initiative here Saturday
Crawford County residents can help their letter carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" later this month.

The National Association of Letter Carriers, United States Postal Service and other partners will conduct their 26th anniversary Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 12. The event is a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to help put food on the table.

The food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation's largest single-day food drive. In 2017, generous Americans donated more than 71 million pounds of food, feeding millions of people.

This was the 14th consecutive year of at least 70 million pounds collected by letter carriers, bringing the grand total to more than 1.5 billion pounds of food collected, since the drive began in 1993.

"We're proud to continue this community tradition as we prepare for the 26th annual food drive," said Stoy Postmaster Michele Lewis.

"We're asking residents for their support to help make this another successful year," Lewis said. "It's easy to make a donation: simply leave a bag of nonperishable food items by the mailbox or bring in to the post office to help your neighbors in need."

The need for food assistance exists in every community in America. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger.

Perhaps most alarming is the fact that nearly 16 million children in America are struggling with hunger. Additionally, close to 5 million seniors face choices between paying rent, utilities, and having nutritious food.

To participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable food items such as canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery.

Letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to local food banks. Residents also drop off items at the Stoy Post Office between 1 and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

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