Annual "Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive" to be held Saturday

Source: United States Postal Service

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the country's largest single-day food drive, will host its 26th annual event Saturday, May 12.

The food drive provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need by allowing customers to leave donated goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail.

Letter carriers will collect the non-perishable goods on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes, and distribute them to local food agencies.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

Locally, a majority of the donations are given to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, with the rest going to area nonprofit feeding programs.

Last year, letter carriers collected 75.3 million pounds of food, the third-highest amount since the food drive began in 1993. That brought the total over the past quarter-century to almost 1.6 billion pounds.

If you would like more information about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to nalc.org/food, facebook.com/StampOutHunger or twitter.com/StampOutHunger.

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